On Wednesday, April 22, at 8:00 AM, the YWCA of Asheville will celebrate Earth Day by dedicating 30 new solar panels. The public is invited to attend this event at the YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Avenue. The recently installed panels supply more than 80% of the YWCA’s hot water needs, including the pool, kitchen, laundry, and showers.
In addition to the Earth Day event, the YWCA is offering two specials to celebrate the fact that the YWCA is the area’s first “green gym”! Anyone who joins Club W: The YWCA Health & Fitness Center between April 20 and April 26 will get one month free (with a year contract). New participants who sign up for the April 27 session of YWCA Swim Lessons will get one lesson free.
The YWCA of Asheville is the first community center in Buncombe County to install a solar thermal system. At a time when we all are feeling the rising costs of fuel and gas, the YWCA is taking this important step towards energy independence.
More importantly, the YWCA is committed to being a good steward of our natural resources. This solar energy system will prevent the release of 18 tons of carbon pollution per year. It will have the equivalent air quality benefit of taking seven cars off the highway or planting 4200 trees. The YWCA will be a visible example to the thousands of children and families who we serve annually about the opportunity to use clean, renewable energy.
The YWCA Solar Project is in memory of Ske Bonsike, a wonderful teacher and example of conservation. The lead gift for the project was given by the William and Frances Beattie Foundation. The lead corporate gift was from Progress Energy.
Happy Earth Day!