Chattanooga, TN (November 21, 2018) – EPB opened its 2018 Holiday Windows to celebrate “The Spirit of Chattanooga”, representing the community’s people, culture and natural amenities. The Holiday Windows celebration continues a tradition that dates back to the World War II era.
“This year’s Holiday Windows tell the Chattanooga story and how EPB contributes as stewards of our great city through recycling, composting and generating renewable energy with Solar Share,” said EPB Resource Planning manager Angela Love. “A new feature this year celebrates the diversity of people who call Chattanooga home, and how local companies help people with physical challenges.”
The EPB Holiday Windows are a collaborative effort that engages community partners and students with STEM School Chattanooga and the Public Education Foundation’s Step-Up program. Visitors will see brilliant arrays of energy-efficient LED lights and automated characters depicting familiar Chattanooga scenes that include the Market Street Bridge, the Tennessee River, a Gum Drop Greenhouse, critters roasting marshmallows, Santa in a Control Center and solar panels on a gingerbread house. Corporate partners contributed to a scene depicting an elf with a prosthetic arm provided by Fillauer, LLC, a service dog wearing an Off Leash K9 Training of Chattanooga vest, and a tree made with golf cart rims and tires provided by Chattanooga Golf. The Chattanooga Zoo provided video of “Olive”, also known as “Speedy McSloth”. Students assisted with conceptualizing this year’s theme and building materials for the window displays using the STEM School Chattanooga Fab Lab.
The EPB Holiday Windows will remain open through New Year’s Day, January 1, and can be seen on the Broad and Market Street sides of EPB’s downtown headquarters building at 10 West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Established as an independent board of the City of Chattanooga in 1935, EPB is a municipally-owned utility that provides electric power and fiber optic communications services as a means of promoting economic development and enhancing quality of life across the local area.
EPB serves more than 170,000 homes and businesses in a 600 square-mile area that includes greater Chattanooga, as well as parts of surrounding counties and areas of North Georgia.
In 2010, EPB became the first provider in the United States to deliver up to 1 Gig (1,000 Mbps) internet speeds utilizing a community-wide fiber optic network that provides access to every home and business in its service area. In 2015, EPB became the first, and to date, only American ISP to make up to 10 Gig (10,000 Mbps) internet speeds accessible to all of its residential and commercial customers as a standard offer.
EPB has also utilized its community-wide fiber optic network to deploy the most advanced and highly automated smart grid power management system in the nation. In recognition of EPB’s groundbreaking infrastructure, the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are utilizing EPB’s smart grid as a national model for researching and developing best practices. EPB is also the first major power distribution utility to earn the USGBC’s PEER certification for having a highly automated, modernized electric power grid. For more information, go to EPB.com.