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Go on a Public Art Scavenger Hunt in Providence: Teach Children Energy Conservation and Recycling

I believe it’s never too early to teach social responsibility to our children. This art installation is a perfect opportunity to combine the arts, treasure maps, a scavenger hunt, and the outdoors while talking about energy consumption, natural resources and our right to vote. And the added bonus of public art? It’s free and open to the public.

National Grid, in partnership with the City of Providence and the Environmental Protection Agency, launched the ‘Fine Art of Recycling’ art exhibit on July 19, 2011, designed to encourage citizens to save energy and money by recycling their old refrigerators.

Eight refrigerators were given a new life using paint and creativity from local artists and are now installed in eight locations in Providence. The refrigerators will be on display until October 2, 2011.

I believe it’s never too early to teach social responsibility to our children. This art installation is a perfect opportunity to combine the arts, treasure maps, a scavenger hunt, and the outdoors while talking about energy consumption, natural resources and our right to vote. And the added bonus of public art? It’s free and open to the public.

Activity: Take a tour of all the refrigerator art on foot, by bike or car and then vote for your favorite one. Download the map here and mark an X on the map every time you find a refrigerator sculpture (photo is optional). After you have seen them all, vote for your favorite refrigerator, here. Place your vote by Sunday, October 2nd. As an added bonus, you will be entered into a contest for a chance to win one of three energy efficiency gift baskets to help you continue on your energy efficiency journey. The motto: Saving is an art!

In the Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling Turn In Program, National Grid is hoping to encourage people to replace their old refrigerators with a newer more energy efficient refrigerator. To qualify for the $50 rebate program, the refrigerator or freezer must work and be between 10 and 30 cubic feet. People who buy a new energy-efficient refrigerator with the Energy star logo are also eligible for a $50 rebate. Residents are asked to call 877-545-4113 to schedule an appointment for a pickup.

For more information about National Grid’s refrigerator-recycling program, visit www.powerofaction.com/ri.

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  • Nice article. It’s so important to get children involved and to educate all around us of the importance of recycling and upcycling and conservation. Here is a list of a few tips I put together about conservation for kids, which your readers might enjoy reading…. Conservation for Kids

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