Greenwich High School, part of the Greenwich Public Schools district, has just turned on its new 7.7-kilowatt solar energy system, with the help of the Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority and Mercury Solar Systems.
- By Caitlin Moriarity
The Center for Green Schools has launched the Green Classroom Professional Certificate program to teach educators, administrators, and parents about sustainable schools and classrooms.
A Nevada school district has turned to an energy efficiency company to save thousands of dollars in costs.
One chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is taking a first step in a wide-scale classroom "greening" project for public K-12 schools nationwide.
- By Bridget McCrea
The Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has awarded grant dollars to Florida teachers as part of the 2012 Renewable Energy Teacher Grant program.
- By Mike Hohenbrink
FundingFactory has launched the Recycling Rumble, an annual competition that encourages schools to recycle more empty printer cartridges and small electronics than their competitors.
California's Huntington Beach City School District has completed a 592-kilowatt solar power system that will save the district $15 million over the 25-year life of the project.
Environmentally friendly schooling has taken a step closer to reality for one Los Angeles school.
- By Mike Hohenbrink
Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA has completed construction of a 2-megawatt solar installation that will go online this fall.
The Kent County, MD Board of Education, in partnership with the Kent County Commissioners, is building a 1,579 kW solar array to power two schools and a community center.
The Hemet Unified School District in Hemet, CA will break ground on a 4.4-megawatt photovoltaic solar system this month.
The summer of 2011 proved to be the busiest of times for school construction of solar energy projects, a growing trend among the nation's school districts to reduce their electricity costs by switching to renewable energy. Thanks to a variety of creative financing options, school districts are discovering that they can install photovoltaic (PV) solar panels that turn sunlight directly into electricity and hedge against rising utility rates without spending any scarce capital.
The Buckeye Union High School District has launched a 4.29 megawatt solar project to be financed and maintained by Harrison, NY-based Regeneration Finance LLC.
In a challenging economic environment, school districts are looking for ways to manage their transportation costs, reduce carbon footprints, and maintain student safety. Technology, including global positioning systems and software, is leading the effort.
The 2012 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is now accepting submissions. The competition calls on students in kindergarten through high school to develop environmental solutions for their schools, homes, and communities for a chance to win prizes for themselves and grants for their schools.