American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)
Washington, DC / Las Vegas, NV âEUR" February 6, 2009 - The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) will be hosting one of the largest renewable energy conferences, Renewable Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition (RETECH) 2009 (www.retech2009.com), in Las Vegas, NV from February 25th-27th.
Green Schools is one of the featured sessions of the RETECH business conference, hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). âEURoeThe best green schools donâEUR(TM)t only save energy, water and money; they also train the next generation of green leaders and innovators by using the school itself as an interactive teaching tool,âEUR said Rachel Gutter Senior Manager, Education Sector of the USGBC. âEURoeTaking advantage of a schoolâEUR(TM)s green features to introduce children early and often to sustainable practices will produce a generation of sustainability natives, for whom green choices are natural and instinctive. We are pleased to be part of a process that looks to a future where the learning process is experiential and meaningful for the students,âEUR Ms. Gutter added.
âEURoeFrom our perspective, ACORE is proud to have the participation of Rachel Gutter and Gary Westerholm at RETECH 2009, encouraging a focus on the critical topic of greening our schoolsâEUR, said Cheri Olf, Director of Education for ACORE.
The basic concept of the new approach to greening schools encompasses construction of a building, all energy systems within the building with a focus on energy efficiency, affordable renewable energy technologies, and an experiential educational component permitting the students to carry messages of renewable energy and energy efficiency back home.
Clean Green Energy, LLC of Michigan (CGE) has developed Project EverGREEN Schools Â® - the first integrated renewable energy generation system combined with an education program âEUR" which will be presented during a breakfast session at RETECH 2009. The programâEUR(TM)s goal is to provide youth with a first hand learning experience, integrated curriculum to stimulate interest in renewable energy technologies, and an early understanding of the stakes involved and the challenges and possibilities of a sustainable energy future.
Clean Green EnergyâEUR(TM)s proposal is to sell onsite generated renewable energy to each school under twenty to thirty year purchase agreements. Gary Westerholm of Project EverGREEN Schools Â® describes their role in the integrated system. âEURoeOur mission is to oversee the conduct of an advanced and comprehensive audit of a schoolâEUR(TM)s energy system, install the latest, affordable lighting, heating, cooling system including renewable technologies where appropriate, and extend these actions into the learning process that can be extended to the parents. The mission is to save money, reduce the schoolâEUR(TM)s carbon footprint, and graduate students better qualified to deal with the realities of life.âEUR
Project EverGREEN SchoolsâEUR(TM) Â® first comprehensive, county-wide program is underway in Clark County, Nevada. Paul Gerner, Associate Superintendent of Utilities, Clark County School District (NV) said, âEURoeWe are looking forward to demonstrating that private sector investment can deliver not only reduced operational costs through third party provision of renewable power, but also the exciting curricular opportunities associated with green technologies. While sparking the interest and learning of children, we will be serving the long term needs of our taxpayer, and providing green power for an entire community.âEUR
âEURoeThe energy efficiency and renewable energy experiential curricula being developed by Project EverGREEN Schools Â® has the attention of ACOREâEUR(TM)s Committee on Higher Education,âEUR said Olf. âEURoeWe have some of the finest colleges and universities in the nation advancing their curricula for renewable energy and energy efficiency, and will soon be graduating students with degrees focusing on these subjects. Many graduate programs are currently in development, as well,âEUR she added.
Additional attention is paid in Clean Green EnergyâEUR(TM)s approach, to the nutritional and health aspects of the overall program with possibilities of school and backyard gardens. The broad systems approach also includes the greening of school buses -- an extension of the learning environment and process.
Stephen Pucke, Director of Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility of Cincinnati-based FirstGroup America, manages 60,000 yellow school buses. His work involves making schools greener. "In terms of our operation here in the U.S., FirstGroup's school bus division, First Student, is pleased to participate in this overall concept by making our school buses as green and affordable as possible through cleaner fuels and more efficient engines. We take very seriously our responsibility to provide millions of children access to their education by transporting them safely to and from school each day.âEUR
Bill Holmberg, an ACORE board member involved in advancing this comprehensively integrated project and a proponent of âEURoefuels for schoolsâEUR involving biomass, said, âEURoeAcross the board, America must find new ways of doing practically everything possible if we are going to sustainably maintain our leadership in the world. Hats off to Clark County and all those involved in this great program. Schools are a logical place to get started Greening America.âEUR