Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22nd to promote environmental awareness. It was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, and is considered by many the birth of the modern environmental movement. The success of Earth Day is visible through its reach – the day is now celebrated globally and recognized in more than 192 countries each year.
The primary message on Earth Day is “We only have one earth, and she is very precious to us, so we have to treat her good. “ To that end, Cleveland Public Power is working to do our part in sustaining Mother Earth.
As a supporter CPP celebrates Earth Day annually at the EarthFest event hosted by the Earth Day Coalition at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, but we also support a sustainable lifestyle by investing into various forms of green power including solar photovoltaic arrays, anaerobic digestion, and hydropower projects to ensure that we do our part in making Cleveland a “green city on a blue lake”.
We were a proud sponsor of the Photovoltaic Arrays Project that consisted of having solar panels installed at the Rockefeller Greenhouse house to power at portion of the greenhouse. We also have a role in supporting CMHA’s new administration building which is partially powered by their solar farm.
CPP has teamed up with Quasar Energy Group to produce electricity in an environmentally sound manner. This state of the art facility located in the Collinwood area utilizes organic waste to produce energy by use of anaerobic digestion to produce a biogas composed of about 60% methane, which is the main component of natural gas. The biogas is cleaned, separated and dried before being used for the production of electricity, natural gas, and compressed natural gas. The bio methane which is converted to electricity is fed directly to the power grid through CPP’s distribution system.
We also joined forces with American Municipal Power to invest in hydroelectric power plants being constructed along the Ohio River.
Sustainability is something we are passionate about! It is our goal to share that passion with our youth through our annual Solar Powered Car Race. The race held each October during Public Power Week is an opportunity to teach children about solar power and to engage them. If you have elementary school children, be sure to check back for details on this year’s race.
This Earth Day we hope that you will take part in the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths, and nationalities.