The Evans-Harvard High Performance Classroom at the da Vinci Arts Middle School in Portland, OR, was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification making it the only K-12 public school building to achieve this level of certification. The classroom is part of the Solar 4R Schools program, was designed by SRG Partnership and constructed by Todd Hess Building Company. The classroom features natural daylighting and passive cooling systems that help it track toward net-zero energy use. The building has earned accolades in the press including The New York Times for its innovative design and its potential impact on student performance.
"It's gratifying to have this project recognized for its contribution as the highest caliber asset in Portland Public School's inventory of educational facilities. This classroom provides an ongoing educational laboratory for students, educators, parents and administrators of what is possible with respect to resource efficiency." - Nancy Bond, Portland Public Schools.
The Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) in Eugene Oregon dedicated their BEF-funded solar array on May 15 with an event they called "Solarbration." Northwest Youth Corps is a youth development and outdoor education organization that has provided opportunities to more than 10,000 young people since its establishment in 1984. This event showcased the solar array and all the work NYC does to improve the environment. There was a plant sale, demonstration of sun ovens and other renewable energy learning tools.
At 4:14 p.m. today, the Solar 4R Schools program reached a major milestone - 2,000,000 kilowatt hours generated! Since the program began in 2002, the more than 150 projects that the Solar 4R Schools team has installed, repaired or added data monitoring to have combined to generate enough electricity to power an average American home for 181 years or power a TV for 9,132 years. This amount of electricity from fossil-fueled sources would have emitted 2,800,000 pounds of CO2. Here's a snapshot of the 2 million kilowatt hour moment.
Hazen High School in Renton, WA celebrated their new 2.02 kW solar array and science kits Monday during an assembly with their friends from Puget Sound Energy and the Renton School District. Here's a short video of the event. Congratulations Hazen!
Hazen High School Celebration Event from Bonneville Environmental Foundation's Solar 4R Schools Program.
Coupeville Middle and High Schools on Whidbey Island in Washington state, celebrated their new 1.8 kW solar installation on March 19, with help from local school and community officials, Puget Sound Energy representatives and a great high school pianist named Jake Sele. Here's a little video of the festivities. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Snohomish County PUD (PUD) and its Planet Power program are currently accepting applications for solar photovoltaic public demonstration project grants from non-profit and public organizations within their service territory. Snohomish County is located north of King County in northwestern Washington state.
Click here to apply. If you have any questions regarding the grant application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are due at or before 5:00pm (PST) on April 16, 2010.
The Solar 4R Schools program had a great and busy year in 2009. We'd like to thank all the teachers, students and funding partners who helped make it possible, and take a moment to look back before we look forward to 2010. Here's a short video we put together that shows where we've been. Enjoy!