We're happy to announce that the innovative services we provide to other organizations creating social good in Los Angeles recently benefited from a bigger spotlight! Yesterday, we had the privilege of appearing before the Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County, where we were the not-for-profit organization recognized with a 2018 Green Leadership Award. This annual honor, which our leadership graciously accepted at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration in Downtown Los Angeles, confirms what we've long believed: Los Angeles nonprofits have a vital role in reducing our carbon footprint and educating the next generation. And at GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, our free technical assessment help for agencies (including an estimate for system size, cost, and savings), along with potential job training components for low-income residents served by the entitites when they go solar, is an unbeatable proposition for mission-driven groups on a slim budget.
We've been the most effective and impactful solar nonprofit in the Greater Los Angeles region since our presence here started in 2007. In order for our work to win this year's award in the nonprofit category, it was necessary for the judges to specifically pay attention to how we empower organizations like Jennesse Center, Inc., Kids Cancer Connection, and The Painted Turtle when they save money on their energy bills. In the words of County Chief Executive Officer Sachi A. Hamai, praising the impact that solar power has on organizations with tight finances (organizations that are always looking to channel money back into their programming): "Your outstanding efforts to improve environmental sustainability benefit your community and the residents of the County."
While we've worked very successfully with local organizations over the last few years, most recently a re-entry project that provides much-needed forms of assistance to Los Angeles women, this is an area poised for tremendous growth. That's why the decision to acknowledge GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles Nonprofit Solar Opportunities comes at a pivotal time. "I’m really pleased we received this award,” remarked Michael Kadish, GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles Executive Director, as he was given the County's certificate from County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. "This program has a multiplier effect, because by helping nonprofits go solar, they can apply those savings back into fulfilling their core missions, making Los Angeles a better place for everyone."