This is the story of how a man named Dan came up with a bright idea to improve our community.
The Trestle Bridge Retrofit will be funded by the Cooper Young Community Association to create a more sustainable Memphis. We can get by with a little help from our friends; we need support from people like you. For more details and donation information, visit our website @ makememphis.weebly.com/
Dan has tons of energy.
And he is all about community.
He is a transplant to Memphis, but he embraces this city as his home.
He came down to fill a position with the Memphis Fire Department.
He works in the 22s.
The 22s cover one of the busiest precincts in the city, Orange Mound, a strong Memphis community of its own.
Nostalgic for neighbors, community engagement, and inspiration, Dan moved to Cooper Young in 2009. The main reason he moved to Cooper Young was for the unique sense of community.
Cooper Young Historic District was recently voted one of US Top 10 neighborhoods.
What makes it so great? It’s not just the eclectic blend of businesses, bars, shops, galleries & coffee houses. It’s great because of the people that fill them.
Cooper Young has a lot to offer.
One day, Dan had a bright idea.
He was thinking about the Trestle Bridge Art installation and wondered how much energy it was draining . The Cooper Young Community Association pays the city monthly to keep it lit, and it is incredibly inefficient incandescent bulbs & system. The monthly utility bill for just the lights cost more than the typical house.
So, why not retrofit it to be more sustainable? The objective is to have the Cooper Young Community Association fund the upfront cost in order to save money & energy in the long run. Not only will solar panels make the installation self-sufficient, it will even feed power back into the grid. Plus, LED bulbs last upwards of 20 years.
This project makes sense logistically and is an inspiration to the city.
His story involves cooperation with the local Schwartz electric company, MLGW, and of course the consideration, support and funding from the CYCA association.
The Trestle Bridge Light Retrofit is important because it is a step towards sustainability and it is a symbol of our community.
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