Earth Day in N.O.

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Tomorrow, April 22, is the 40th annual Earth Day observance. Here's a summary of some Earth Day goings on in New Orleans:

  • One Block Off the Grid (1BOG) launched its discounted solar purchasing campaign yesterday, hoping to save potential solar customers in New Orleans thousands of dollars — coupled with a 50 precent state tax credit and a 30 percent federal credit — by offering residential solar panels at $6.65 per DC watt, about 15 percent less than the market price. Get an idea of the kind of savings this program could provide through its online estimate tool: Enter your ZIP code, find your roof, and 1BOG provides a chart and financial breakdown showing the upfront costs (after rebates) and how long the solar panels will take to pay for themselves (and then some). 1BOG partnered locally with solar installer South Coast Solar. The program is available to greater New Orleans residents through July 20. Find more information on its website.
  • Today, Entergy Corporation announced its Double Your Difference program, which will match customers' carbon offset purchases to help lower carbon emissions. Its Make An Impact website (partnered with the Pew Center on Global Climate Change) calculates customers' carbon footprints and offers the offsets while also providing tips and resources to help make those footprints smaller.
  • Tomorrow, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., the Louisiana Bucket Brigade celebrates the New Orleans Earth Day Festival at The Maison. More info here. Admission is $10 and proceeds benefit the brigade's "bucket" sampling.
  • And, of course, there's always an app for that: USA Today has a run down of "50 green iPhone apps" for the environmentally challenged.

Find more green news in Gambit's Green Matters — online and, well, everywhere else.

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