By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — The Dearborn Administrative Center parking lot received energy-efficient lights through the national Adopt-A-Watt program Nov. 24.
The throwing of the switch ceremony held at the DAC was the third energy-saving project that Adopt-A-Watt has conducted in Dearborn.
Mayor John O’Reilly Jr., National Adopt-A-Watt Program Founder Tom Wither and private sponsors were all in attendance for the press conference celebrating the new lights.
“This partnership with Adopt-A-Watt is essential because it helps reduce operation cots and reduce our carbon footprint,” O’Reilly said. “The energy-efficient lights will make parking lots safer and brighter for employees and residents.”
Adopt-A-Watt replaced lights in downtown west Dearborn parking lots and Henry Ford Centennial Library in its first two collaborations with the city.
“We are making a difference by saving money and making our air cleaner,” Wither said. “There is no plan B for our children and grandchildren.”
The current program placed 21 energy-efficient lights in the DAC parking lot, paid for by private sponsors to offset the city’s operational costs, promote environmental stewardship and encourage the city’s future investment in green technology.
“Dearborn is a community with a great past but it means nothing if we don’t have a great future,” O’Reilly said. “Each thing we do, big or small is moving us into the future of sustainable energy.”
National Adopt-A-Watt is the organizer of this program, which recruits the private sponsors for Dearborn’s benefit.
“None of this would be possible without the teamwork with local businesses and the federal government,” O’Reilly said.
Several of Dearborn’s businesses including Roma Bakery, Henry Ford Health Systems, Byblos Banquets Center, bd’s Mongolian Grill, ITC Holdings and The Dearborn Agency Insurance are some of the sponsors of the program.
For more information on the Adopt-A-Watt program go to adopt-a-watt.com.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])