The city’s Conservation Celebration, “Going Green for Generations to Come,” will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 12, near the Skate Park in Applegate Park near the intersection of P and 25th streets.
The event will celebrate Merced’s progress on its $7.2 million energy conservation project. School children from John C. Fremont Charter School will help kick off the event in the park.
The city has an energy-efficiency and facility-improvement contract with Siemens Industry, Inc. that guarantees the city will save 3.3 million kilowatts of electricity during each of the first three years of the contract, according to a news release. Most of the subcontractors on the project have been Merced-area businesses.
A reduction of 3.3 million kilowatts a year reduces annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2,276 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 446 passenger vehicles or CO2 emissions from 255,105 gallons of gasoline consumed.