Energy Star's Change a Light, Change the World Campaign Hits the Road This Week

TreeHugger has known for a while now how much difference changing your incandescent light bulbs in favor of CFLs can make (answer: a lot!). To help spread this message beyond those who read TreeHugger, the folks at Energy Star are reaching out to a whole new audience by taking CFLs on the road with their Change a Light, Change the World campaign.

The 20-day, 10-city tour starts in Disneyland on Wednesday, October 3, and winds up in New York City on October 23 with a residential high-rise CFL change out (stay tuned to TreeHugger for more details and information on this event, coming later this week). The Change a Light bus will drive cross-country, visiting the San Francisco Bay Area, Denver, Des Moines, Chicago, Indianapolis, Atlanta, New Jersey and Boston. The bus will stop at schools, sporting events (NFL football games in Denver and Atlanta) and high-profile public centers (Navy Pier in Chicago, Fanueil Square in Boston). At the schools, students will be recognized for their outstanding pledge campaigns and energy sciences projects, as well as get a chance to learn about energy and tour the bus' interactive education center.

This is an interesting approach for Energy Star, representing the first time that the EPA (who administers the Energy Star program) is taking a grassroots approach to solving an environmental problem; by taking the message to the streets, they're hoping to reach folks in a personal, meaningful way that couldn't be accomplished with paper mailings and pamphlets. Will it work? We hope so, but only time will tell. Hit the jump for the full schedule, and stay tuned for more info later this week. ::Energy Star's Change a Light, Change the WorldEvent schedule:

October 3rd: Los Angeles, California kick-off consumer event hosted by Osram Sylvania with the Walt Disney Company at Disneyland

October 4th: Two San Francisco Bay Area consumer events hosted by Pacific Gas & Electric

October 7th: Denver, Colorado consumer event hosted by Xcel Energy at a

Denver Broncos game and Colorado Avalanche game

October 8th: Denver, CO consumer event at a newly opened JC Penney store

October 9th: Denver school media event hosted by EPA

October 10th: Des Moines, Iowa consumer event hosted by MidAmerican Energy Company in Des Moines city center

October 12th: Chicago school media event hosted by EPA

October 13th: Chicago consumer event hosted by GE and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance at Navy Pier

October 14th: Indianapolis, Indiana consumer event hosted by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

October 15th: Atlanta, Georgia school media event hosted by EPA followed by

Atlanta consumer event hosted by Georgia Power, The Home Depot, and bulb manufacturer TCP at Atlanta Falcons home game

October 18th: Maplewood, New Jersey consumer event hosted by the New Jersey Clean Energy Program

October 19th: Boston, Massachusetts media event hosted by EPA

October 20th: Boston consumer event hosted by the Sponsors of myenergystar.com and the Northeast Regional ENERGY STAR Lighting and Appliance Initiative at Fanueil Square

October 23rd: New York City culmination event hosted by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in an NY borough

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