We recently participated in the annual Pride in the Park festival in Allentown, showcasing our energy-efficiency programs as well as showing a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The centerpiece of our contest exhibit was the painting of five reclaimed refrigerators. We offered five local artists a unique chance to take something mundane and make it beautiful by using one of our recycle-ready refrigerators as their canvas.  The winner, Lauren Edsall, was chosen by people attending the event. (As shown in the picture, we also had fridges that were open to everyone to draw on.)

“The Fridge Art was a great way to draw attention to our appliance recycling program,” said Mary Ann Kelly-Merenda, our program manager for residential energy efficiency. “We were able to tell festival attendees about the energy-saving benefits of recycling an old energy-guzzling refrigerator or freezer as well as the environmental benefits. Most of the components of these refrigerators are reused to manufacture other products. Plus, we save valuable landfill space.”

(Interested in recycling an old fridge of your own? Learn more.)

In addition to the refrigerator exhibit, we had information available on all of our energy-efficiency programs. PPL employees, along with employees of energy-efficiency contractor CLEAResult, were on hand to answer questions. Our energy-efficiency-loving golden retriever also made an appearance with some tips on how to save.

PPL Corporation was a sponsor of the festival, run by the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. The painted refrigerators will be on display at the Bradbury-Sullivan art gallery starting Sept.  4.