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June 13, 2007
|Contact: Mark Pascal/ Shari Ann Swansboro|
NEW BRUNSWICK RESTAURANTS AMONG THE FIRST IN NJ TO ‘GO GREEN’
New Solar Installation Will Provide Economic and Environmental Benefits
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) – Two New Brunswick restaurants, Stage Left and Catherine Lombardi, are amongst the first in New Jersey to ‘go green’. With help from the state’s Clean Energy Program, restaurant owners Mark Pascal, Francis Schott and Lou Riveiro invested in solar panels that sit atop their eateries on Livingston Avenue. Schott and Pascal also host The Restaurant Guys Radio Show that addresses issues on food and sustainability. Their efforts to help address climate change were lauded today at a dedication ceremony that included officials from both the government and business sectors.
Proud owners Pascal, Schott and Riveiro were joined by New Jersey State Senator Barbara Buono; NJ Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) President Jeanne M. Fox; PSE&G President Ralph LaRossa and NJ Restaurant Association President Deborah Dowdell as they celebrated the recent installation of solar panels on their restaurant’s roof.
“As restaurateurs and radio hosts, we are in a position to make a difference and to tell people about it, and we hope other business owners will follow and join us in thinking ahead and a bit more about the impact businesses have on our environment,” said Pascal and Schott, who are also known as “The Restaurant Guys” from their radio show on WCTC AM. “While the total cost of our solar installation was $80,000, this amount was reduced substantially by a solar rebate grant we received from the New Jersey Clean Energy Program,” Pascal added.
“Solar energy is good for the Garden State, particularly when used in concert with energy efficiency,” said NJBPU President Jeanne M. Fox. “By reducing energy demand, which lessens our overall carbon footprint, solar electricity systems help protect our beautiful shoreline from the impacts of global warming.”
“Climate change is the most important environmental issue of our time. We’ll need commitment from every sector if we are to begin to reverse the trend,” LaRossa said. “PSE&G is doing its part, putting forth fresh ideas and proposals to help meet the state’s energy goals—and Mark and Francis are doing their part, too. Their decision to put solar panels on top of their restaurants sends a clear message to others that it makes good business sense to invest in clean energy and the environment. I couldn’t agree more.”
For over 300 shows on issues of food, wine, the restaurant business and sustainability, go to www.restaurantguysradio.com.
More information about the NJBPU’s Clean Energy Program can be found at www.NJcleanenergy.com