Nearly $13,000 in entry fees from the 2011 AHR Expo Innovation Awards competition will be donated to Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities. The not-for-profit organization is using the money to buy and install 76 programmable thermostats that are estimated to save over $26,000 in annual energy costs for two of its locations.
Every year, AHR Expodonates the competition entry fee money to a local charitable organization wherever the Show is being held. To date, nearly $75,000 dollars have been donated to several charitable organizations throughout the country. This year’s competition received 170 entries, an all-time record.
Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by seven families whose children had intellectual disabilities. Today, Opportunity Village serves approximately 1,700 individuals and their families. It is Nevada’s largest provider of vocational training, community and campus-based employment, art enrichment, social recreation and therapeutic day services, and is unique in the United States for its self-reliance. Opportunity Village is primarily self-funded and dedicated to developing and expanding the programs people with disabilities need to achieve success in their lives.
Now in its 9th year, the AHR Expo Innovation Awards are widely recognized as one of the most prestigious honors in the HVACR industry. It is jointly sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); and International Exposition Company (IEC), producers and organizers of the AHR Expo.