State of Greenwise Joint Venture
By Julia Burrows, president and executive director
Greenwise launched as a nonprofit organization in February 2012 to help the Sacramento region become the greenest in the country and a hub for clean technology.
One year later, Greenwise is:
- Larger: staff grew from two to four
- Greener: partnered with the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Pacific Gas & Electric Company to plant 30,000 trees
- Healthier: launched Edible Sac High at Sacramento Charter High School, where students are poised to harvest their own vegetables by this summer
- Smarter: fellows and interns contributed hundreds of hours to Greenwise from New York University, Harvard College, Northeastern University, University of California, Davis, California State University, Sacramento, Brown University, and Sacramento High School
- Cleaner: facilitated the 2012 electric vehicle collaborative meetings, now branded as Take Charge
- Better: assembled the Better Buildings Challenge team; now tracking data to showcase building retrofits in Sacramento
- Brighter: tested new technologies in local schools to improve lighting and comfort, save energy and lower operating costs
- Tastier: supported campaign to brand the Sacramento region as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital
- Wiser: surveyed 68 school districts to determine facility needs; now finding funds to finance green school retrofits
- Stronger: email list is now 4,000 strong, Facebook page has 800+ likes and Twitter is at 401 followers
- Greenwiser: on track to transforming the Sacramento region into the “Emerald Valley”–the greenest region in the country and a hub for clean technology
Stay tuned… we are soon announcing our goals for 2013.