This is a transformative grant award that will reduce the Abbe's carbon footprint and continue to lower operating costs. The Greening the Abbe initiative kicked off during the 2012 Gathering Gala during our first paddle raise. Collecting over $30,000 in greening donations, the paddle raise made phase one improvements happen which included installation of a new control system for the humidity and temperature systems and UV film in the Circle of Four Directions windows. Efforts like this immediately resulted in lowering our energy consumption by 20%, saving about $500 per month.
The Abbe was also honored to be mentioned in a recent press release from NEH.