Spring is here and along with it come all the amazing colors and festivities. Enjoying the warm weather and the upcoming Earth Day celebrations reminds us of the fragile shrinking planet we all share. Nobody is more keenly aware of that than our students.
Today’s students are highly social and engaged in environmental, social and fiscal sustainability. In fact, most universities have student run sustainability councils and their own budgets for capital improvements. Students today, demand that their schools, colleges and universities have environmental sustainability on top of their priority list. As a result, some of the most progressive universities and colleges differentiate themselves by their assault on reducing carbon and waste.
This same enthusiasm has grown into the corporate world and city-scape. Those same grads live an increasingly mobile lifestyle and are migrating to engaging, energized communities. They know that climate change is not their children’s responsibility, it is theirs. As city leaders and planners look for options to keep their cities relevant and digitally connected, they are seeking to energize there cities and metro centers. Fortunately the word is getting out and universities and cities alike are integrating our growing portfolio of smart city and campus solutions into their plans.
The iconic Strawberry Trees are being designed into several new developments and park enhancements. The cool Evodia tables are making their way into many campus budgets and dining areas. Our newest product, the Arc locker-style charging station is already in several colleges and events. The newest version starts coming off the production line next week. All of these were designed and developed by college grads looking to make the world a better place.
Last year, we adopted Strawberry energy and SolGreen. And this week, we announced adding WrightGrid as a partner. We are rapidly developing an amazing portfolio of free solar-powered charging stations and beautiful urban furniture, available in one place – 3fficient.com. We have more awesome stuff incubating and more great news coming as we shape an entirely new industry of resilient, smart charging for the masses that is truly zero carbon (not to be confused with net-zero energy). So, next time you’re outdoors on a campus, a park, a bike trail, an event or just about any venue, ask yourself, would this be a good place for a lot of people to charge their devices for free with zero carbon?
The sun is free. Shouldn’t solar energy be free too?
Doug Poffinbarger, CEO 3fficient.