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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's Light Up Avondale Program

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Year released
2020

America’s Greenest Zoo, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, has teamed up with key partners Donovan Energy and Groundwork Ohio River Valley on an ambitious LED project to make their urban, low-income home community of Avondale the most energy-efficient neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. By gaining trust, building relationships, and connecting closely to their neighbors, the project is allowing them to share the Zoo’s deep experience and commitment to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, all while inspiring community members to go green and providing them with much needed cost savings at the same time.

Since 2017, thanks to $725,000 in grants from the Duke Class Benefit Fund, the Zoo has transitioned its campus to 100% LED and installed LED lighting in Avondale buildings, homes, churches, and outdoor areas. At least 25 commercial entities and over 100 residences have been upgraded, saving Avondale over $1 million in energy bills and maintenance within the next 5 years.

Light Up Avondale also provides Groundwork Ohio River Valley’s Green Corps, a green workforce development program for young adults, the opportunity to increase their skills in energy efficiency, data collection, customer service, and lighting technologies while connecting to the Zoo’s neighbors. The impact of Light Up Avondale goes beyond LED light bulbs. It has built strong relationships among the Zoo’s partners and their community, increased opportunity for energy efficiency and financial savings, and provided workforce development for our region’s young adults.

Minnesota Army National Guard

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Year released
2019

A major component of providing a ready and resilient force is providing sustainable facilities and infrastructure that serve to train and house our soldiers. Maximizing the efficiency of our facilities ensures that they are economically and environmentally sound and remain assets to our soldiers and communities. The Minnesota Army National Guard prides itself as a leader in promoting energy, water, and waste conservation and reduction practices. Our commitment to leadership in environmental sustainability serves as a vital part of being mission ready and allows us to be good stewards of our environment.

ComEd

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Year released
2018

The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program introduced a midstream lighting program, Instant Discounts, to its commercial and industrial customers in 2011 to promote energy efficiency and increase program participation by removing prescriptive paperwork barriers. The program has a market-friendly approach that works for ComEd customers and lighting distributors. Instant Discounts is a tremendous success – saving an estimated 1,056 GWh over the past five years – and acts as a gateway to future projects that help customers save energy.

Ameren Illinois

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Year released
2018

Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 816,000 natural gas customers in Illinois, and our mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Our service area covers more than 1,200 communities and 43,700 square miles. Since 2008, the Ameren Illinois energy efficiency programs have helped our customers save over $850 million in energy costs, providing an economic boost to residents and businesses throughout central and southern Illinois.  Over the next several years, the company will invest in a groundbreaking initiative to provide energy-saving benefits to more moderate- and low income customers.  In addition, Ameren Illinois has committed to help develop new companies and create new local job opportunities in the energy efficiency arena across downstate Illinois.

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