A Real 1,000 Points of Light

Some of you may know about my involvement in Rotary, an organization dedicated to helping people around the world. Starting on July 1st, 2007, I will become the President of the Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset. Because of this position, I will be able to guide the club towards charitable actions that I feel are important. As you can see from my previous posts, I am very dedicated towards resolving environmental issues so one of my first goals as Club President, I will propose a 1,000 bulb switch out program for the needy.

The 1,000 Blub Switch Out (BSO) Program will help poor people switch from using energy wasting incandescent bulb to the more efficient compact fluorescent blubs (CFB). Not only will these blubs save the people money (estimate are from $3.50 – $7.00 a year) but they will lower CO2 emmisions substantially.  According the the New Scientist, it will reduce 1000 tons of CO2 over the bulbs lifetime. Of course, this may not seem like much but if I work this project through Rotary and the 32,000 other clubs, I estimate that I can get that number to 1 million bulbs in the next 5 years which would lower the CO2 emmisions by over 1 million tons. Not a bad little project!

Of course, this won’t be my only environmentally focused project. I will be looking into a bunch more.  If anyone of you has an idea please post it and I will take a look at it and see if it is something we can do.