Commend Zoo for Pushing Ahead with Solar Energy Plan

Target: Mayor of Brownsville, Texas, Tony Martinez

Goal: Commend organizations responsible for zoo’s new solar installation for environmentally friendly practices.

The Gladys Porter Zoo of Brownsville, Texas has just installed over 1500 square feet of new solar panels. The pollution-free energy generated from this new solar array will save the zoo nearly $500,000 in the next 30 years. Applaud the zoo for pushing ahead with this new sustainable solar energy plan.

The solar array sits atop the new South Texas Discovery Center, which is currently being developed as an educational facility on the grounds. Every year, it is expected to generate 21,900 kilowatt-hours of clean energy, avoiding 25,400 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. The installation was made possible by a $130,000 donation from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club, which provides voluntary programs for its customers to donate towards new solar energy.

Excess power unused by the zoo will go directly to Green Mountain Energy and its customers. This ensures that no energy will go to waste, but rather be put to good use in residential and commercial areas supplied by Green Mountain Energy. As it was the donations of customers that made the new solar installing possible, this encourages a continual cycle of sustainable efforts straight from citizens that directly impacts their maintained use of clean energy.

The efforts made by the Gladys Porter Zoo and Green Mountain Energy Sun Club will save Texas’s atmosphere from hundreds of thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide emissions in the next decade. Sign this petition to encourage Brownsville Mayor, Tony Martinez, to commend these organizations for their environmentally conscious work.


Dear Mayor Martinez,

Congratulations on the new solar array installed at Gladys Porter Zoo. This new technology will save the zoo almost $500,000 in the next 30 years, and avoid an estimated 25,400 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually. The efforts by the zoo and the organization which made the installation possible, Green Mountain Energy Sun Club, will be vastly beneficial to Texas’s environment. In addition, any power produced from the solar array unused by the zoo will go directly to Green Mountain Energy, and be distributed from there to its commercial and residential customers, ensuring that no energy goes to waste.

These are great achievements and should not go unnoticed. I urge you to formally commend the Gladys Porter Zoo and Green Mountain Energy Sun Club for their contributions to a more sustainable future.


[Your Name Here]

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