Free Admission to Celebrate Huff ‘n Puff House Opening

May 26, 2010

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Increasing your energy efficiency is no fairytale. Today officials dedicated the Pacific Power Huff ‘n Puff House at the Children’s Museum of Walla Walla. The interactive exhibit takes its name from the “Three Little Pigs” fable, which involves three different approaches to home weatherization and, as any child will tell you, a Big, Bad Wolf.

The new exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Walla Walla, funded by Pacific Power to commemorate the electric utility’s century of serving the community, shows the next generation how energy efficiency and sustainability can help homes stand up any huffing and puffing from outside.

“Once upon a time, people didn’t think much about energy efficiency and sustainability,” Pat Reiten, president of Pacific Power, told the gathering at the formal dedication today. “Our generation began thinking about it and for the children of today, it will be second nature. We hope that the emphasis we see here on education and hands-on demonstration will be part of a new way of looking at energy efficiency and sustainability.”

For opening day, May 26, admission is free to the museum and the new exhibit from noon to 5 p.m. Compact fluorescent light bulbs will be given to the first 50 visitors, and free refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon.

“We can’t wait for the kids to come in and start experimenting, having fun and learning,” said Amy Woiblet, executive director, Children’s Museum of Walla Walla. “There is nothing like kids enjoying themselves and absorbing a deeper message at the same time. We want the Pacific Power Huff ‘n Puff House to become an inspiration for families in Walla Walla to make sustainability a part of their everyday lives.”

Pacific Power is sponsoring this project for the people of Walla Walla in recognition of its 100 years of service to customers and the community. Walla Walla was one of four original Pacific Power communities when the company was founded June 16, 1910. Acknowledging the century of service, Pacific Power worked with local leaders in the original communities to help provide each with a lasting gift, a legacy gift.

“The Huff ‘n Puff House was a natural fit for us,” said Reiten. “We have grown up with Walla Walla for a century now and connecting with children here, we are looking forward to another 100 years of turning the answers on.”

Others who helped create this new exhibit are Alan Ashmore, Doyle Electric, Melody Muffler, Image Smart Creative and Bicycle Barn.

About Pacific Power
In 2010, Pacific Power celebrates 100 years serving customers and communities. From our beginnings -- serving 7,000 customers in four Northwest communities -- Pacific Power now provides electric service to almost 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity, for another 100 years. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.7 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.

About Children’s Museum of Walla Walla
Since opening in 2004, the Children’s Museum of Walla Walla provides visitors of all ages and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to learn, explore and imagine through interactive play. The museum includes 18 main exhibits, both indoors and outdoors, designed primarily for the 1-12 year-old age group. Current exhibits include the Powerful Valley, Wee Walla Walla Italian Restaurant, Vet Clinic, Construction Junction, the Native American Exhibit, and the Creative Play Forest (Theater, Puppet Tree, Art Nook and Toddler Meadow). For more information, visit www.cmww.org.

About Pacific Power Centennial Legacy Projects
In recognition of 100 years of service, Pacific Power is providing its original four communities with a lasting gift, a Legacy gift. Working with local community leaders, the following projects have been identified:

  • Astoria, Ore. – Community tree planting and restoration of the historic Shively Fountain.
  • Pendleton, Ore. – New scoreboard for Pendleton Round-Up, also celebrating a centennial in 2010.
  • Walla Walla, Wash. – The new “Huff ‘n Puff” sustainability center at the Children’s Museum of Walla Walla.
  • Yakima, Wash. – A new portion of the Yakima Greenway Trail adjacent to Pacific Power’s former Naches hydroelectric plant.

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