Riverside Earth Day program to be broadcast on KVCR-TV

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Earth Day news headline from the City of Riverside:

KVCR TV, cable Channel 24 in the Riverside area, will broadcast a special 30-minute Earth Day program: “2010: Our Green Economy” Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. Encore presentations will be shown at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, and at 2:00 p.m., Sunday.

The show, produced by local internet news provider InstantRiverside.com, will prominently feature many programs of Riverside Public Utilities (RPU), said producer/reporter Craig Fiegener.

“We are focusing on things everyone can do, big and small. Our goal is to highlight how we use power and water, and how even simple changes will save you money and help ensure future water and power security in the Inland Empire,” Fiegener said.

Riverside, which was named California’s first Emerald City last year, has been a leader in renewable energy and conservation for the past decade, said RPU Sustainability Officer Mike Bacich.

“Our first solar project in the city was completed in 2001,” he said. “Now there are 128 citywide solar systems in the city, contributing 1,598 kilowatts. Our efforts to conserve water and energy are the most unprecedented in our 115-year
history. Our rebate programs to help our customers convert to energy- and water-efficient practices have never been more generous. It’s not just one day with us; it’s a lifetime commitment we’ve made.”

In other Earth Day news, RPU will provide 4,000 green bags from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the annual Earth Night in the Gardens held by the Western Municipal Water District headquarters, 450 E. Alessandro Blvd. From 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, RPU representatives will attend the Habitat for Humanity Earth Day festivities at White Park, 3936 Chestnut Street, with information on going green.

RPU has also provided support for other events sponsored by La Sierra University, Victoria Elementary School and Alvord Unified School District.

“The collaboration between RPU and Habitat is imperative for a successful event,” said Karin Roberts, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Riverside. “Their information stand is one of the most frequented, which shows the community’s
interest in all programs offered by RPU. Habitat and RPU have a common goal: to make our city a cleaner and better place to live.”

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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