Crayola Goes Green

I remember sitting for hours with a huge box of Crayola crayons filling pages and pages of Barbie coloring books. Crayola was my first introduction to art supplies, and thus holds a soft spot in my heart. So, I was very happy to hear that everyone’s favorite crayon company has stepped up their game and gone green!

They recently announced plans for a 15-acre solar farm in Forks Township, PA. Ground-breaking for the project happened on Nov. 19. This undertaking is the result of a partnership with UGI Energy Services, Inc. and PPI Renewable Energy.

Slated to be up and running by early 2010, this park will house 26,000 solar panels which will help produce about 1 billion crayons, or 10% of the company’s total annual energy consumption. Crayola owns the site, while the energy companies will provide the equipment, installation and maintenance. Funding will be done in part by $1.5 million from the the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as well as $10.5 million thanks to matching funds from private sources.

The company plans to exhibit its efforts at the Crayola Factory in Easton, PA with a solar energy display. They also have an interactive “Go Green” portion of their website to explore.
Kudos, Crayola. Print out your own Barbie coloring page and remember the good old days with eco-friendly crayons!
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