The Story of Earth Day and Events in NYC + Long Island - EmPower Solar

The Story of Earth Day and Events in NYC + Long Island


One of our five founding philosophy’s is our commitment to clean energy. This is directly tied to our company’s fundamental belief that renewable energy will lead to a more prosperous healthy and civil world.  We live this philosophy every day, but each year on Earth Day we take time to reflect how far we’ve come and think about how much more we can do.

In 1969 a catastrophic oil spill occurred off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. Shortly after, U.S. Senator, Gaylord Nelson, proposed a “National Teach-In on the Environment.” In partnership with local officials, and a Harvard graduate named Denis Hayes, he launched the first inaugural Earth Day on April 22, 1970.

As one of the first political movements of its time to receive support from both parties, the first Earth Day enacted nationwide change. This empowerment lead to the Environmental Protection Agency, which resulted in the passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Acts.

The next large scale Earth Day campaign took place in 1990, with Denis Hayes at the helm once again with help from the Earth Day 20 foundation. On a mission to drive international attention, his campaign reached 141 countries, and involved over 200 million people. Finally with the help of a worldwide community, recycling initiatives were brought to the forefront of public attention. Thanks to the worldwide acceptance of Earth Day, in 1992 the United Nations hosted the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

In the year 2000, Earth Day became the largest secular holiday in the world. This was a time where corporations were recklessly polluting in the name of profit margins, and there were still mountains to be moved for fuel efficiency. The 3rd large scale Earth Day Campaign focused on clean energy. It’s been almost 20 years since then, and the progress made by renewables has been huge, but our work isn’t over.

With our sights on progressing forward towards a more informed, and environmentally educated community, here are some events and initiatives that SunPower by EmPower Solar will be participating in this week:

  1. APEC Green Gala in Queens
  2. Francis Lewis High School Earth Day Event
  3. Brooklyn Boulders
  4. Huntington Earth Day Expo
  5. Long Beach Earth Day Festival
  6. Building Solar Ready Seminar

Learn more about upcoming events.

Please feel free to stop by and say hello at any of the events listed above!

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