NE Green Light Unveiling
Last week, CEE hosted an unveiling for the NE Green Light Project at Edison High School. CEE President Sheldon Strom, Council Member Kevin Reich, and sculptor James Brenner spoke about the Green Campus initiative, placemaking in the Holland neighborhood, and the importance of energy efficiency. Over one hundred people came to see the new light sculpture installation, which will change color to represent neighborhood energy conservation over the next year. Holland's goal is to save enough energy to offset Edison High School’s use, so we were excited to see so many neighborhood stakeholders turn out for the unveiling.
These students, business owners, and school district representatives can all participate in the project. Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association board member Doug Werner noted that "it's wonderful to see so much activity around saving energy in the Holland Neighborhood. I really like that so many people can be involved in helping to change the lights in the Green Light art installation. Whether it be students saving energy at Edison High School, businesses retrofitting their lighting, or residents saving at home through the Home Energy Squad Enhanced visits, all these connections are being made and people are working together for the good of all."
A number of public figures including School Board member Jenny Arneson, Associate Superintendent Michael Thomas, and Senator Kari Dziedzic were there to celebrate the project’s launch. Ward 1 Council Member Kevin Reich said that “the NE Green Light Project is an outstanding example of how a focused neighborhood, working with diverse partners, can launch a significant sustainability initiative to create real change in their community. In addition to beautification, this piece will demonstrate the power of art to create awareness and inspire positive action.”
Holland has already demonstrated its strong commitment to public art and sustainability.The NE Green Light Project represents a new focus on energy conservation and efficiency. Other communities could replicate our “Art as Energy” process to influence energy behavior at the neighborhood level.