BGE and ENERGY STAR® Team Up to Kick Off the #ChangeTheWorld Tour with Energy Efficiency Upgrades and an Unveiling of a Complete Makeover of the Edgewood Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County
Energy efficient upgrades equate to more than $4,700 in annual savings for the Club
Complete makeover made possible with support from The Home Depot, Samsung Electronics, Gardiners Furniture, BEMO Energy Solutions, C&J Contractors and Art with a Heart
BALTIMORE (Oct. 10, 2014) – The future of the Edgewood Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County is now even brighter, thanks to a complete energy efficient lighting and interior and exterior building makeover project. This three-day community service project was led by Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), enabled by customers through the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® and in support of EmPOWER Maryland, nationally recognized ENERGY STAR® partners, The Home Depot, and Samsung Electronics, along with local Maryland companies BEMO Energy Solutions, C&J Contractors, Gardiners Furniture and local nonprofit, Art with a Heart.
The upgrades resulted in a complete makeover of the interior and the exterior of the Club. In addition, through the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program, the Club received energy efficient lighting upgrades throughout the entire facility that equate to more than 36,200 kilowatt hours (kWh) saved annually and $4,700 in annual energy cost savings, lower maintenance costs and a better learning environment for the Boys and Girls Club in Edgewood.
“We are pleased to partner with BGE and ENERGY STAR on a much needed upgrade to our facility in Edgewood,” said Tim Wills, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County. “For us it is not simply to be more energy efficient, but also to lead and teach young people and families the benefit of smarter energy consumption. Thousands of young people will now have a brighter, safer place to go each day after school.”
The project is part of the first-ever ENERGY STAR #ChangeTheWorld Tour, a nationwide tour bringing public and private organizations from across the country together to make a difference in people’s lives through community service, with a focus on energy efficiency.
“BGE is committed to and understands the importance of supporting organizations, like the Boys & Girls Club in Edgewood, throughout the communities we serve,” said John Horner, director of distribution system operations for BGE and Boys and Girls Club Board Member.
“The hard work that our volunteers have put into this community and this project is truly a testament to the commitment to improving the communities we serve. Today, the students are not only benefiting from a Club that is more energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing, they are also learning first-hand the importance of energy efficiency and the impact it can have on their quality of life and the environment. I am proud of the BGE employees who volunteered their time and skills for this project, and I thank our local Maryland and our national partners for joining us in making this project a success for the Boys & Girls Club.”
The three-day makeover project included:
- Energy efficient lighting upgrades throughout the entire facility, including all classrooms, the gymnasium and all outdoor lighting, courtesy of the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program®, BEMO Energy Solutions and C&J Contractors
- New energy efficient televisions, refrigerators and tablets, courtesy of Samsung Electronics
- New furniture and rugs throughout the Club, courtesy of Gardiners Furniture
- Painting projects in all classrooms
- Appliance upgrades and recycling through BGE appliance recycling partner JACO
- Constructing walls to divide classrooms for increased learning opportunities for students
- Constructing bookcases and tables
- New blinds for exterior windows
The 3-day makeover project culminated on Thursday evening with an unveiling at the Boys & Girls Club for staff members, youth, their families and the local community. At the event, the students in the Boys & Girls Clubs i3STEM program unveiled their new music video and attendees played Family Bingo, competed in a life-size Angry Birds game and completed various art projects.
“In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the critical afterschool hours, but in HarfordCounty, we are fortunate to have four Boys & Girls Clubs that have been a staple in our community for many years and remain a vital resource for our children and families,” said David Craig, Harford County Executive. “The partnership between BGE and the Boys & Girls Club shows us that the power of positive energy through community service, volunteerism and corporate and government partners can have a long-lasting impact on our communities.”
As part of its commitment to building strong and energy efficient communities in central Maryland, BGE supports initiatives like the Boys & Girls Club Makeover and the ENERGY STAR #ChangeTheWorld Tour.
“I have been awed and inspired by the community service provided by our ENERGY STAR partner, BGE, as part of our inaugural Change the World Tour,” said Jill Vohr, Director of Marketing, ENERGY STAR Labeling Branch. “Their efforts not only positively impact the lives of individuals, families and communities, but also the global community by helping prevent climate change. Now, that, is the power of positive energy.”
In 2013 alone, BGE employees, friends and family logged more than 25,000 hours volunteering with more than 135 different community organizations. These volunteer efforts offer BGE’s nonprofit partners the opportunity to reinvest resources and better serve communities throughout central Maryland.
Since its founding nearly 200 years ago, BGE has played an integral role in working with Maryland communities to address economic development, public safety, civic issues and other initiatives that help enhance our neighborhoods. Through the use of shareholder dollars, BGE supports programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact and assistance, the environment, education, economic and community development, and emergency response and safety.
To view photos from the event, visit BGE’s Flickr site at www.flickr.com/photos/mybge.