Green Light for MLK Day of Service
Posted by Jerry Duchene Saavedra on February 3, 2011
Post by Tiffany Zapico:
In recognition of the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, ServeNext New Orleans, New Orleans area AmeriCorps Alums Chapter, AmeriCorps NCCC, Catholic Charities, Girls Hope Boys Hope, and Cabrini High School participated in an all day service project around the issue of energy conservation. The members and volunteers worked with Green Light New Orleans, a community based nonprofit focused on having “a positive environmental impact by increasing the use of CFLs (compact fluorescent lights), helping low income residents reduce their utility bills and creating a connection between the volunteers and recipients of the service.”
The focus was on two different projects: CFL installations and SmartView Outreach, a new program that will allow homeowners the opportunity to track their energy usage in real-time through Smart Meter devices. The NCCC teams trained volunteers in the CFL installation process, which includes how to interact with homeowners and the education piece at the end of the appointment showing the homeowner the impact of their new light bulbs as well as other energy conservation opportunities. Volunteers then went into the community and installed 133 compact florescent light bulbs in 10 homes, saving homeowners a total of $6,118 in energy costs and preventing 59,451 lbs of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. Through the SmartView Outreach canvassing, the teams had 3 homeowners sign up for Smart Meter devices.
Overall, forty-nine volunteers participated in the day of service. Great job ServeNext New Orleans!