I’m proud to announce that the City of Fort Wayne more than doubled its goal six months early for the Energy Star Change a Light, Change the World program.

Since October, more than 1,200 people in the Fort Wayne area committed to switching to an energy-efficient light bulb. The program’s goal was 500 pledges in a year. The City also provided Energy Star-qualified bulbs when people signed the pledge to encourage the switch.

Fort Wayne’s commitment to being green isn’t just what happens in City departments. It’s about encouraging each one of us to take actions both big and small that add up to a real difference when multiplied across the city, state and the entire country and world.

City staff provided the free bulbs and pledges at workplaces, schools, the Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show, IPFW’s Earth Day Fair and other community events in the past six months.

By changing 1,200 energy-efficient light bulbs, local residents will use as much as 2.8 million fewer kilowatt hours of electricity and avoid the production of as much as 4 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

Lighting typically accounts for 20 percent of a household’s electricity use.

City staff members are available for presentations on home-energy efficiency and Fort Wayne’s green initiatives. To schedule a presentation for your neighborhood or community organization, contact City Utilities at 427-1381 or email Nicholas Harter at

Funding for the light bulbs came from the Clean Air Force, a coalition of regional, state and local sources including grants and contributions from businesses.

Take 25 Child Safety Fair

Over Memorial Day weekend, local organizers with the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children with the cooperation of the Fort Wayne Fire and Police departments and SCAN will host the 2nd annual


Child Safety Fair.

The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24 in the Menard’s and Wal-Mart parking lots of Southtown Centre. There will be family-friendly activities including race cars on display, chalk drawing and ethnic dance troupes as well as safety education workshops, safety fingerprint photo ID kits and bicycle helmet giveaways.

As a proud father and grandpa, child safety is important to me personally and as the mayor of one of the most family-friendly cities in the country, it’s important to me professionally. We all have a responsibility in helping to keep the children of Waynedale and Fort Wayne safe. I’m glad our police and fire departments are taking part in the safety fair as well as working every day to keep Fort Wayne residents safe through education and prevention.



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