When Pennsylvania moved to deregulate energy services, new energy companies flooded the state to offer options. A socially responsible wind power company, Clean Currents, wanted to show Philadelphia that it cares about local residents and businesses beyond new customer revenue. President Gary Skulnik recently shared this philosophy in an op-ed placed by Sage in the Philadelphia Business Journal.
True to its philosophy, Clean Currents has worked hard to connect with potential customers, and to form partnerships with nonprofit organizations and those interested in improving the quality of life in Philadelphia. As part of its mission, the company works with people throughout Philadelphia to tackle one of the biggest challenges facing the city’s neighborhoods.
After hearing over and over again that vacant lots were destroying neighborhoods, Clean Currents launched Lots of Power, an initiative that brings high-school-age youth together with creative professionals, including designers and architects, to develop innovative ways to use vacant lots in Kensington. Through an exciting partnership with Kensington Renewal and AIGA, five teams came together over the summer to research the Kensington community and develop positive concepts to transform two specific lots in the neighborhood. This video tells the story of the passion and motivation behind Lots of Power.
Two winning teams were selected–one by a panel of judges, and another through a public vote. They will be awarded grants to implement their projects, giving them the power to be the change in their community. Check out this story in the Philadelphia Inquirer detailing the submissions – including the winners, Tag, You’re It! and The Birds’ Nest.