Rockefeller Center Goes Green

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I hadn’t been to New York during the wintertime for years, but last year finally decided I wanted to brave the cold to see the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center.  It wasn’t quite the larger-than-life vision that had been ingrained into my childhood memories, but it was still incredible. 

This year, to reduce pollution, the Norway Spruce was cut down by hand, an amazing feat for a tree that size, at least in my eyes!  And the sustainability continues as the famous tree will be decked out with 30,000 energy-saving, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that will light up the night.  When the holidays are over, lumber from the tree will go to Habitat for Humanity. 

The lighting ceremony is scheduled for next Wednesday, November 28th from 7-9 pm.

Rockefeller Center has already incorporated some green features, like the largest installation of solar panels in the city, and plans to add a green roof and ice chiller (an energy-saving way to cool the building) next year. 

Source:  CNET

Tag(s): Energy, Events, Going Green, The Great Green Outdoors


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