Earth Day is an annual event that is celebrated on April 22nd, and its purpose is to highlight environmental awareness. It was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, and is what considered by many as the birth of the modern environmental movement. It has proven to be extremely effective since its inception because it is now coordinated globally and recognized in more than 192 countries each year.
We only have one earth, and she is very precious to us, so we have to treat her good. Earth Day helps to emphasize this message. It raises sustainability awareness and assists in rekindling public commitment and building community pride. Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths, and nationalities.
CPP is a huge supporter of Earth Day… not only do we celebrate it 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 in various forms of green power such as 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 a 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 biomethane which is converted to electricity is fed directly to the power grid through CPP’s distribution system.
We have also decided to join forces with American Municipal Power to invest in hydroelectric power plants along the Great Lakes.
Sustainability is something we are passionate about! We’re so passionate that we hosted a solar powered car race for elementary school children, taught them how to construct their cars, and used recycled materials to create the race track during last year’s Open House event. We support net metering customers and have even teamed up with CMHA on their solar farm project.