An enthusiastic crowd gathered to dedicate the YWCA’s Solar Panels yesterday. Attendees enjoyed remarks from Martha Thompson of Progress Energy, YWCA Executive Director Holly Jones, and City Councilman Brownie Newman. Environmental activist Kitty Boniske shared stories of her late husband, Ske, for whom the solar panels are in memory of. The City of Asheville declared April 22, 2009 at “YWCA Solar Panel Dedication Day.” WLOS included the YWCA in their Earth Day coverage. Click here to watch that story. And here is a video of Brownie Newman reading Mayor Terry Bellamy’s proclamation:
This is the text of the proclamation:
WHEREAS, the YWCA has been a leader in the community in eliminating racism, a champion for womens empowerment, and is now a pioneer for clean renewable energy through its recent solar panel installation; and
WHEREAS, the YWCA will be the Asheville areas first solar powered gym, and the panels will provide more than 80% of the YWCAs hot water for the pool, kitchen, laundry, and showers; and
WHEREAS, the YWCA is committed to being a good steward of our natural resources and it will be a visible example to the thousands of children and families who we serve annually about the opportunity to use clean, renewable energy; and
WHEREAS, this solar energy system will prevent the release of 18 tons of carbon pollution per year, and is the equivalent of taking seven cars off the highway or planting 4200 trees; and
WHEREAS, 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, and the lead corporate gift was from Progress Energy.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MAYOR TERRY M. BELLAMY, Mayor of the City of Asheville, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim April 22, 2009 as YWCA SOLAR PANEL DEDICATION DAY in Asheville and express my admiration for the work of YWCA for their leadership in energy independence.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Asheville, North Carolina, to be affixed this 22nd day of April 2009.