Local business discusses benefits of going green

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There’s a new push to get Roanoke businesses to go green.

The Grandin Theatre held a community discussion Wednesday evening to share the benefits of moving to renewable energy.

The movie theater made the switch to operate on 100 percent renewable energy on July 1, 2019.

Employees and organizers say it only costs the theater $71 per month through Appalachian Power.

The Board President of the Grandin Theatre Foundation says she’s proud of the move over to renewable energy and hopes this change can lead to other changes in the future.

“We also like to think of ourselves as a business and a very strategic partner in the community looking ahead and thinking about things that are positive,” said Liz Lively, who is the Board President of the Grandin Theatre Foundation. “One would be living wage, which we’re working on. One would be alcohol sales – we think is progressive. And this just seemed to fit in line with the Grandin Village.”

The Clean Valley Council is paying the $71 difference for the next two years for the Grandin Theatre in order to ensure a long-term change.

This opportunity is open to homeowners as well.

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