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A challenge

Published December 24. 2010 05:00PM

The Green Neighborhood Challenge in Summit Hill is under way.

Joined by Buy Fresh Buy Local Lehigh Valley, a local non profit group, the entities have joined the Challenge to green their communities.

For every person that signs up and puts Summit Hill in the referral field, Summit Hill will receive $10 toward a greening project for the community, said Karen Sander, Clean Currents Green Power Outreach Coordinator.

Groups who get over 100 sign ups will receive an extra $250, said Sander, who added that she'd like to see more Green Neighborhoods signed up in the Carbon County area.

Sander said the Green Neighborhood Challenge is a "way for communities, schools, or faith organizations to support clean, renewable energy."

"We can help communities with these efforts by providing resources, hosting educational events, and promoting your organization," Sander said. "The goal of the program is to support efforts of the community groups who are actively ""greening" their neighborhoods."

Based upon each group's involvement, Clean Currents will give money back to help finance a "greening project" in their neighborhood, Sander said. For every wind power sign-up that a group generates, Clean Currents will donate $10 back to that group for their environmental project, said Sander, who added that participation is open to all types of groups.

Sander said Summit Hill signed up for the Green Neighborhood Challenge and is in the process of getting sign ups. Each person that switches their electricity supplier to Clean Currents and puts Summit Hill in the referral field, will give Summit Hill $10 back, she said.

In addition, Sander said Lehigh University's Green Action Club has also joined in on the fun, and are a very active group on campus.

"The Green Action Club has been doing a tremendous job of greening Lehigh's grounds, spreading awareness about sustainability, and spreading the news about the Green Neighborhood Challenge," she said. "We are looking for more Green Neighborhood participants in the Pennsylvania area."

Sander said the goal of the Challenge is to "help communities educate their members about choosing wind power at home (through the grid), as well as encourage and inspire each other to live a more sustainable lifestyle."

The current challenge (GNEC II) started Oct. 1, and will run until Earth Day in April, 2011, she said.

For more information, contact Karen Sander, PA Green Power Outreach Coordinator, or, or at (215) 525-2955 ext. 721.

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