FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Michael Hancock, City Council President, District 11
Michele Weingarden, Director, Greenprint Denver
Denver Announces Giveaway of Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
Wal-Mart Donates 5,000 CFL Bulbs to Greenprint Denver For Distribution to Denver Residents
(Denver) Greenprint Denver, Denver City Council and Wal-Mart have teamed up to sponsor a giveaway of 5,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to Denver residents. Wal-Mart donated the CFLs to Greenprint Denver, and City Council members will distribute the bulbs to residents free of charge.
CFL bulbs last ten times longer than traditional light bulbs and use one-fourth the energy. If every household in the United States switched just one light bulb to a CFL, the amount of energy saved would be equivalent to taking 800,000 cars off the roads.
City Council President Michael Hancock, Greenprint Denver Director Michele Weingarden and Wal-Mart representatives announced the generous donation today at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Stapleton.
“Energy conservation is good for the environment and good for the bottom line,” Hancock said. “Greenprint Denver’s partnership with Wal-Mart ensures that all citizens can do their part by installing CFL lights obtained through this giveaway program.”
Weingarden said the CFLs were the first step in a broader effort under development to partner with Denver’s residents on energy efficiency awareness and other easy sustainability measures that can be taken in the home.
“Greenprint Denver sincerely appreciates Wal-Mart’s contribution to sustainable practices in Denver. These energy efficient lightbulbs are a practical reminder for Denver residents of how small changes in our daily lives can have a big impact on conservation,” said Weingarden.
In February 2007, Wal-Mart President and CEO Lee Scott unveiled "Sustainability 360," a company-wide emphasis on sustainability extending beyond Wal-Mart's direct environmental footprint to engage associates, suppliers, communities and customers.
"Wal-Mart is very excited to be partnering with Greenprint Denver and the City Council to encourage as many area residents as possible to learn about the economic and environmental benefits of CFLs and other sustainable products,” said Joshua Phair, Wal-Mart Senior Manager of Public Affairs. “We want to save our customers money by reducing the costs of sustainable living, and this initiative is a great way to do just that.”
Bulbs will be given away by Denver City Council members. Residents should check their Council district website to see how they can receive a free lighbulb. Go to www.denvergov.org
and search Elected Officials for Council district websites.
Greenprint Denver is a long-term, citywide initiative to promote sustainable development and ecologically friendly practices throughout the community. For more information, visit www.greenprintdenver.org
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