OUC & Nemours Light Up Orlando’s Skyline
October 18, 2012
ORLANDO – With help from four creative, conservation-minded elementary school students, OUC and Nemours Children’s Hospital recently flipped the switch to illuminate the state-of-the-art hospital’s multi-colored lights for the very first time. Four NorthLake Park Community School students earned the opportunity to participate in the grand opening event by winning OUC’s "Believe in Conservation" contest, which was designed to encourage children to think about the benefits of saving energy and water. In addition, the winners earned $3,000 toward conservation education for their school.
"At OUC, we are proud to invest in our children by supporting programs like this one that educate our next generation on how they can care for our environmental resources wisely," said OUC Board President Maylen Dominguez. "Nemours will be a great customer and partner for OUC. The iconic image of these lights – which by the way are very energy-efficient LEDs – will show the millions of visitors who fly in to Orlando that this city is home to innovation and here in Lake Nona – an emerging Medical City."
The iconic lights were designed to give the young patients at Nemours, a small sense of control and comfort during their hospital stay by allowing them to pick the color of the lights in their rooms.
"Nemours reaches beyond the care we provide in our clinics and hospital and focuses on the health of the whole child within the community," says Roger Oxendale, CEO of Nemours Children’s Hospital. "With that commitment, it is natural for Nemours to take steps to protect the environment for our current patients and families and for future generations."
Nemours Ask Students to Illustrate Why They ‘Believe in Conservation’
August 23, 2012
ORLANDO – OUC–The Reliable One and Nemours Children’s Hospital are teaming up to celebrate the hospital’s grand opening by giving three area elementary students the chance to participate in a special lighting ceremony. The winners of an energy conservation-themed art contest will get the opportunity to turn on the hospital’s colorful room lights for the first time at a special ceremony Thursday, Oct. 4. In addition, each winner’s school will receive $1,000 for conservation education.
Students are asked to create a conservation message and illustration that shows why they “believe in conservation.” The contest is designed to encourage children to think about the benefits of saving energy. Qualifying entries will be posted on OUC’s Facebook page for voting, and the entry with the most “likes” from each of the three age categories will be named the winners.
“We are thrilled to be working with Nemours to promote the importance of energy conservation to our next generation,” says Roseann Harrington, OUC Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Community Relations. “We’ve found that encouraging sustainable habits in children has a positive impact on our efforts to conserve our natural resources now and in the future.”
With classroom programs like the AWESOME Project and Water Color Project, OUC has long been committed to teaching children of all ages how to save energy and water, while helping families reduce their utility bills through conservation and efficiency. Nemours also is promoting going green at its own facilities.
“Nemours reaches beyond the care we provide in our clinics and hospital and focuses on the health of the whole child within his or her family and community,” says Roger Oxendale, CEO of Nemours Children’s Hospital. “With that commitment, it is natural for Nemours to take steps to protect the environment for our current patients and families and for future generations.”
Nemours Children’s Hospital recycled 90 percent of its construction waste, is using reclaimed water to irrigate its three garden areas, including a one- acre Discovery Garden, and providing electric car charging stations in the hospital parking garage. The hospital is also pursuing a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the facility.
OUC–The Reliable One
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to nearly 225,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. Visit OUC.com to learn more about our commitment to reliability, affordability and sustainability.
Nemours (NAH-mors) is an internationally recognized children’s health system that owns and operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 2012, it will open the full-service Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida. Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. du Pont, Nemours offers pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to all families in the communities it serves. For more information, visit nemours.org.