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January 8, 2019. Portland, OR – Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro (BGCP) was awarded a $97,500 grant by Portland General Electric’s Renewable Development Fund to install solar panels and an educational kiosk for youth to use to learn about renewable energy and track how much power is generated and used by the building. The grant will allow Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro to generate nearly 117 kWh, enough to power 75 percent of the Rockwood Club on a high energy use day. The additional power from this project will save BGCP $1,500 per month, $18,000 per year, and will result in a net energy cost of $0 to the Club for 2018.
Benefits of the solar panel installation include:
- Producing clean, reliable and renewable energy
- Reducing reliance on non-renewable power sources
- Providing environmental and economic value to the Portland metro community
- Giving kids a way to visualize and learn about renewable energy and the impact of solar power
“We’re very excited about our partnership with PGE and the solar energy project it is bringing to our newest Club in Rockwood. The ultimate savings and efficiencies it will provide operationally, not to mention the environmental improvement, is important,” said Erin Hubert, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area (BGCP). “As a non-profit, anything that will help us to run our operation more efficiently and economically is a big win. We’re also excited about the educational kiosk that gives us the unique opportunity to teach our youth about the importance of solar energy, how it saves energy for our planet, and how it will save BGCP money that can be go back to directly serving our youth. This is a win-win for everyone!”
“Our customers lead the way on supporting renewable power,” said Dave Robertson, PGE vice president of Public Policy. “Thanks to more than 190,000 customers participating in our renewable power program, projects like this can help advance Oregon’s transition to a clean energy future.”
Since 1999, PGE customers have supported clean energy by participating in the utility’s Green FutureSM power program. PGE’s Renewable Development Fund is built from a portion of the money that Green Future customers pay for the program. To date, PGE Green Future customers have helped fund more than 8 Megawatts of new renewable energy generation, with another 3 Megawatts under construction.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro (BGCP) empowers more than 4,000 youth to discover their full potential through impactful after-school and summer programs. Clubs are designed to support kids and teens in achieving academic success, becoming responsible leaders, and living healthy lives. Today, BGCP operates ten Clubs located throughout the metropolitan area, including school-based programs in the Reynolds and North Clackamas School District.
About PGE’s Renewable Development Fund
PGE’s Renewable Development Fund offers competitive funding awards to applicants looking to deploy their own clean energy projects. Grants are awarded through an open and competitive application process, and evaluated in accordance with eligibility guidelines, preferred project standards, and established evaluation criteria. To learn more about PGE’s Renewable Development Fund, including how to apply for the next round of funding, please visit portlandgeneral.com/rdf.
On July 18, 2018, Rockwood Club planted its very own symbol of peace in the courtyard garden. This Peace Pole contains the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” written in eight of the native languages spoken in the Club, including Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (Mandarin), English, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Club youth gathered around as Al Jubitz, philanthropist and donor of the Peace Pole, Erin Hubert, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro’s CEO, and Imani Muhammad, East County Senior Director for Boys & Girls Club of Portland, explained the history of Peace Poles and their hope that it will inspire a world without war and create lasting peace in our communities and at the Rockwood Club. Rubi Gastelum-Plata translated the ceremony into Spanish as they spoke. John Herman, recent recipient of the Roy Ciappini “Be Great” award for his 50 years of service to our Clubs, was also in attendance.
Three of our teen members helped to mix the concrete and raise the pole with help from our Facilities Operations Manager, Mike Fisher, meticulously measuring and positioning the pole so that it will stand tall for the years to come. Other youth asked questions, commenting on the different languages, pointing out ones they recognized. One little girl asked Miss Rubi, our ceremony translator and staff member at Rockwood, if she would teach her to speak Spanish, to which she agreed with an “Of course!”
Al encouraged the kids to work out their problems by using the peace pole as a symbolic place to peacefully resolve conflict, saying, “If you’re ever in conflict, which you will be, but when you’re in conflict with another, you might want to say, let’s go sit by the peace pole and talk this out.”
If you are interested in having your own symbolic message of peace, we encourage you to contact and work with the generous and dedicated Rotarian Action Group for Peace, who have been doing their best to plant hundreds of Peace Poles throughout the Portland Metro community.
About Rockwood Boys & Girls Club
The Rockwood Boys & Girls Club opened in October 2017 and features learning, innovation, and activity spaces for youth 6-12 years of age and a stand-alone center for teens ages 13-18.
What is a Peace Pole?
A Peace Pole is a crafted tribute that represents a symbolic message: May Peace Prevail on Earth. They contain 4-6 sides with notes of peace in different languages and have been planted all around the globe. When a Peace Pole is planted in your community, you are connected with people from all over who believe in the same goal: World Peace. These poles are present in 180 countries all over the world to encourage and remind to their communities to visualize and advocate for peace on earth.
About Al Jubitz
Al Jubitz is the Rotarian Action Group for Peace Treasurer and Honorary Chair in Portland, Oregon. After 34 years, Jubitz retired from the family business and is currently the President and founder of the Jubitz Family Foundation, a foundation that supports organizations that support peacebuilding, environmental sustainability, and early childhood education. Jubitz joined the Rotary in 1977 and believes the group has the ability to transform our world to a world beyond war.