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Green Power Switch News

Vol. 4, No. 2 — Spring 2004


A Business in the Spotlight

Green Power Switch is pleased to have 346 Valley businesses taking action to create a cleaner environment by purchasing renewable energy each month. Many of these are small businesses, such as Dr. Larry Durand’s office in Maryville, Tennessee. Dr. Durand, an endodontist, purchases 20 blocks of GPS, which equates to 100 percent of his business use. That’s above the minimum required purchase of five blocks based on monthly electric usage.

Dr. Durand’s office was the first small business served by City of Maryville Electric Department to participate in the Green Power Switch program. The 20 blocks he buys have an annual environmental benefit equivalent to removing five cars from the road or planting seven acres of trees. Dr. Durand first heard about the program through news articles and at the Little River Cleanup Day sponsored by Keep Blount Beautiful. “City of Maryville Electric Department and TVA have made it easy for small-business owners like myself to have a positive impact on our environment,” said Dr. Durand.


Upcoming Events

April 17, 2004

Earth Day Celebration at Cool Springs Mall, Franklin, TN. Featuring "Earthman" from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

April 17, 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Nashville Earth Day Festival 2004 at Centennial Park


April 21, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Earth Day on campus  Contact:

April 22, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day 2004 at Murfreesboro Civic Plaza, Murfreesboro, TN

April 22 - 23, 8:00 a.m. Thursday through 5:30 p.m. Friday

Threshold: Sustaining a Land Called

Tennessee. Chattanooga Theatre Centre

Statewide conference seeking sustainable solutions features exhibits, roundtables, and plenary sessions.

Contact: or

April 24, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Knoxville Earth Fest; Free Sean Mullins concert from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

World’s Fair Park - Court of Flags (north lawn)

Contact: John Homa, City of Knoxville Dept. of Public Service

865-215-2872 (call for rain date)



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In this issue

Leading Corporations Visit Buffalo Mountain

A Business in the Spotlight
Also: Earth Day Events

Fourth-Graders Raise Money to Purchase Cleaner Electricity for Their School

Also: Poster Contest Winners

Feedback from our readers

Generation & Participation Updates

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