Turning on the Lights

The Kickoff

Last Friday, seven TVA employees teamed up with CNE and Empower Chattanooga to sign up Highland Park and Ridgedale residents for Project Porchlight, a new energy efficiency and public safety initiative. Almost 100 homes took the pledge to keep their light on all night long and received a free LED bulb. The TVA employees volunteered through Combined Federal Campaign's Day of Caring, a national day where federal employees give back to their communities.

What is Project Porchlight?

Project Porchlight is a pledge made by residents of Highland Park and Ridgedale to keep their porch light on through the night due to lack of street lights.

The  program encourages and enables residents of Highland Park and Ridgedale to leave their porch lights on all night to increase perceptions of safety through lighting and developing neighborhood relationships, advocate for energy-efficient practices, and create more socially engaged, inclusive neighborhoods

Who is involved in the project?

Project Porchlight will be completed through a partnership between the residents of Highland Park and Ridgedale Neighborhood Associations, Empower Chattanooga, EPB, CNE, and the Chattanooga Police Department.

A Ridgedale resident immediately replacing his porch light with an LED bulb!

A Ridgedale resident immediately replacing his porch light with an LED bulb!

How will it be done?

Through a series of social events and canvassing days, each Highland Park and Ridgedale home will receive a free LED light bulb to install on the front porch as long as the resident agrees to leave the light on throughout the night.

Why does it matter?

This project will allow neighborhood partners to engage in community-building by meeting the residents of each home and providing opportunities for neighbors to engage with one another at social events designed to promote the program. The ultimate goals of the program are to increase public safety and create lasting bonds between neighbors and neighborhood partners. 

The volunteers talking to a resident while he works on his car.

The volunteers talking to a resident while he works on his car.

CNE employee Daniela Peterson explains the program to a Ridgedale resident.

CNE employee Daniela Peterson explains the program to a Ridgedale resident.

For more information about Project Porchlight, contact Empower Chattanooga at (423) 648-0963 or info@empowerchattanooga.org.