Eco and TECO go great together: At EcoFest 2017 and always, environmental responsibility informs everything we do

Yasmin McComber, left, from Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center, shares her substantial knowledge about the Florida manatee and its habitat with a young EcoFest 2017 visitor.

Yasmin McComber, left, from Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center, shares her substantial knowledge about the Florida manatee and its habitat with a young EcoFest 2017 visitor.

Think about the meaning of “eco” and you might feel like you’re about three-quarters of the way to knowing what TECO is about. But environmental responsibility informs 100 percent of what we do: As a company proud to provide our customers with safe, reliable power and natural gas, we know we can only do those things if we’re fully committed to the health of the environment.

Regulations of all kinds compel this, of course, but so do our customers and – since we live in the communities we serve – we know it’s simply the right thing to do for you, our own households and children, and for the generations to come.

Our commitment to the environment was on display alongside dozens of other groups in the community at Lowry Park in Tampa on Saturday, April 22 for EcoFest 2017. Before a large gathering of attendees at the park’s bandshell, the city of Tampa Mayor’s office officially recognized the date and home of “Earth Day Tampa Bay.”

Gordon Gillette, president and CEO of Tampa Electric and president of Florida Operations, then shared a few of the many aspects of TECO’s environmental commitment with the crowd.

“We all have a shared responsibility to protect our environment and at Tampa Electric, we’re very proud to do our part,” he said.

TECO volunteers, Molly the Manatee from Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center, some superheroes and others at EcoFest 2017.

TECO volunteers, Molly the Manatee from Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center, some superheroes and others at Eco Fest 2017.

Stacy Hallman, senior forecast analyst with Tampa Electric, with close ties to Tampa Bay’s EcoFest originator Learning Gate Community School, was an EcoFest co-chair this year.

“It was an incredible event – bigger than ever with thousands of attendees, outstanding exhibits and best of all, great engagement with the idea of environmental responsibility among all ages,” she said. “If just one person came away from EcoFest determined to make a difference in the environment, I think it’s a win. But by the looks of it, that describes hundreds of people.”

She added, “Next year’s event will be on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 – mark your calendars! Look for Tampa Electric to be there for its ninth year participating and join your neighbors for another stellar experience as we embrace what Earth Day is all about.”

Among the many TECO volunteers at EcoFest were Heather Santana, weatherization program manager, and Blanca Guzman, program support assistant II – both of whom helped coordinate the company’s participation in the communitywide event.

Together we can turn Earth Day into Earth Way of Life

At TECO, we’re more than just an electric and natural gas utility and a proud member of the Emera family of companies. We’re people like you from all walks of life – and like so many people, we too want to make a difference. Look at just a few of the ways we can work together:

Alternative-fuel vehicles are just one big way we're working to bring value to the communities we serve.

Alternative-fuel vehicles are just one big way we’re working to bring value to the communities we serve.

Our Renewable Energy program powered EcoFest 2017; find out how it can power an event of yours – or sign up for the program to make a regular contribution in support of clean energy!

Read about how we’re dedicated to rapidly expanding solar power in the community – and right on the heels of our debut of the largest solar array in the Tampa Bay area.

Every Nov. 1 through April 15, make Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center your destination for free, family-friendly, environmental-focused fun.

Just to the south of the Manatee Viewing Center, see everything that the Florida Conservation and Technology Center offers – including summer camps you can sign up for now!

Learn about how we’re expending electric vehicle charging stations in the community – and bringing you resources to help you own an alternative fuel vehicle.

Shrink your carbon footprint with our energy-saving programs, some of which are free!

Gordon Gillette, president and CEO of Tampa Electric and president of Florida Operations, at EcoFest 2017.

Gordon Gillette, president and CEO of Tampa Electric and president of Florida Operations, at Eco Fest 2017.

Learn how we protect trees – and how you can protect them by always planting them in the right place (including safely away from electrical infrastructure that serves the community). (FYI: National Arbor Day is this Friday, April 28!)

Know that we’re helping to brighten the streets of the communities we serve with energy-efficiency LED lighting.

Are you a Peoples Gas customer – or could you be? See how natural gas is an environmentally responsible choice for your home!

That’s just a start – there’s much more! Check out our environmental blog posts, get some ideas, share them on your own social media channels…

And let’s find new ways together to work for the good of the environment that we all cherish.

Watch video of EcoFest 2017 on YouTube!

 

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