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April 25 Growing a GREEN Future

Written by: Mike Kelly Jr. April 17, 2009   Posted on Active Rain

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 WHAT: Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day Growing a Green Future

WHEN: Saturday, April 25 between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. rain or shine

WHERE: Grassy Area at the SALT Block at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, 375 3rd Street, NE Hickory

  

More than two dozen educational, environmental and environmental-orientated business booths will be set up in the grassy area across the front of  during the event.  

Vendors will have giveaways, including free T-shirts to the first 500 people and 600 tree seedlings, and information about the importance of being green.  There will also be an environmental film series, food vendors and 60 free pizzas will be given out at the event. 

 

Participants representing environmentally-oriented businesses and organizations with booths:

City of Hickory Recycling Advisory Board – Giving away 500 free T-shirts and free pizzas.

City of Hickory Community Appearance Commission/Landscape Services –Giving away 200 River Birch, 200 Red Maple and 200 Shumard Oak tree seedlings.

City of Hickory Engineering/Stormwater

City of Hickory Public Utilities

Catawba County

Catawba County Utilities and Engineering

Keep Catawba County Beautiful

Catawba County’s Riverbend Park

City of Conover

North Carolina Cooperative Extension

Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources of Lenoir-Rhyne University

GoGreen Hickory

Catawba Valley Green Building Council

Garbage Disposal Services (GDS)

Wild Birds Unlimited

Carolina Thread Trail

Sunquest Solar Heating

Health Hut

Mike Kelly Jr. Eco-Broker/Century 21 American Homes

Air Purification

Dirtball Fashion

Home Energy Solutions

Shaklee Products

Hickory High School – Environmental Science students

Catawba Valley Medical Center Green Team

Good Wood Pizza

  

Environmental films will be shown in the community room at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, below is the schedule:

Start Time      Film

ll:30 a.m.       “Energy Crossroads -A Burning Need To Change Course” (1h/10m)           

1:00 p.m.       “Thread Trails”             (20 min)

1:45 p.m.       “Our Gentle River”        (30 min)

2:30 p.m.       “After The Storm”        (22 min)

 

 

CSC_Ray_logo_639uIn addition to the Growing a Green Future event at the SALT Block on April 25, the Catawba Science Center has a full day of programming and all its exhibits will be open, including its special exhibit “Swamp Things” and people are encouraged to check out Patrick Beaver Memorial Library and check out what’s new at the library.  

  

For more information, call (828) 323-7500 or go to www.hickorygov.com  under special events.  

For more information about Hickory North Carolina visit my website at www.MikeKellyJr.com

 

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For more information about living Green in Hickory – Click Here

 

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Mike KellyJr REALTOR/EcoBrokerI am a cerified EcoBroker® in the Catawba County Area. This is a value added service I offer to my clients. Contact me today to show your properties that are Built Green, have green energy saving aspects or could be remodeled green with your personal touch. If you own a green home and are ready to sell, list your home with me and I will market and sell your place to a green-minded buyer.

 

 

 

Mike KellyJr REALTOR/EcoBrokerEcoBrokers® are equipped with additional energy and environmental information and tools that help them provide added value to all of their real estate transactions. EcoBroker® training helps real estate agents address the newest topics in real estate, such as “green” home certification programs like Energy Star® Qualified Homes, energy-efficiency, and environmentally-sensitive design. The EcoBroker® designation assists real estate agents in working through issues that may arise in any real estate transaction, such as mold, radon, and poor indoor air quality, providing real solutions. EcoBrokers® grow their client base by attracting the green-minded consumer and providing valuable energy and environmental information to all types of clients. With expertise and Affiliate relationships, EcoBrokers® are known for providing exceptional value to all of their relationships.

 

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Tax Savings for Energy Efficient Upgrades

 Written by: Mike Kelly Jr. EcoBroker and also published in my Active Rain Blog

 The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 was signed into law in October and starting January 1, 2009 the law expanded and extended valuable federal tax credits for homeowners that make certain energy efficient upgrades. Benefits include lower energy bills, reduced home air pollution, and increased indoor comfort.  You can also save with the energy efficient products that are eligible for the new federal tax credits that actually lower the amount of federal income taxes that taxpayers must pay. The following shows how much you could save if you take advantage of the some of these tax credits.

PURCHASE: Central Air Conditioner of Heat Pump  (only some Energy Star products qualify)

TAX SAVINGS: $300

 

PURCHASE: Furnace or Boiler (only some Energy Star products qualify)

TAX SAVINGS: $500

 

PURCHASE: Windows  (all Energy Star products qualify)

TAX SAVINGS:  up to $200

 

PURCHASE: Insulation and Sealing   (must meet model building code as installed)

TAX SAVINGS:  up to $500

 

PURCHASE: Ground Source Heat Pump  (only Energy Star products qualify)

TAX SAVINGS:  up to $2,000  

*NOTE: maximum of $500 total for home improvements

In some areas and regions, consumers will also be eligible for utility rebates, state rebates, or state tax incentives for homes, vehicles, and equipment.

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For more information about living Green in Hickory – Click Here  

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Mike Kelly Jr. REALTOR Hickory NC

 I am the first certified EcoBroker® in the Catawba County Area. This is a value added service I offer to my clients.  Contact me today to show your properties that are Built Green, have green energy saving aspects or could be remodeled green with your personal touch. If you own a green home and are ready to sell, list your home with me and I will market and sell your place to a green-minded buyer.

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EcoBrokers® are equipped with additional energy and environmental information and tools that help them provide added value to all of their real estate transactions. EcoBroker® training helps real estate agents address the newest topics in real estate, such as “green” home certification programs like Energy Star® Qualified Homes, energy-efficiency, and environmentally-sensitive design. The EcoBroker® designation assists real estate agents in working through issues that may arise in any real estate transaction, such as mold, radon, and poor indoor air quality, providing real solutions. EcoBrokers® grow their client base by attracting the green-minded consumer and providing valuable energy and environmental information to all types of clients. With expertise and Affiliate relationships, EcoBrokers® are known for providing exceptional value to all of their relationships.

Source: Alliance to Save Energy and The Certified Residential Specialist