VIEWS: 13 PAGES: 8 POSTED ON: 3/31/2010
SolarWiseо for Schools – A Decade Old and 34 Schools Strong,Thanks
SPEAKING SolarWise FALL 2006 SolarWise® for Schools – A Decade Old and 34 Schools Strong,Thanks to the Continuous Support of our Contributors As the SolarWise® for Schools program celebrates its The SolarWise program also reached another major 10th anniversary, three more high schools in milestone this summer – more than 100 kilowatts of northeastern Wisconsin have become part of this solar power are now installed at the 34 schools. The highly successful education program from WPS systems help the schools save energy and money, Community Foundation, Inc. benefit the environment, and create educational opportunities for students and their communities. The three schools that received solar electric-systems on their rooftops in the summer of 2006 are: A Rich History s N.E.W. Lutheran High School (Green Bay) The SolarWise for Schools program began in 1996 s Brillion High School when three high schools were selected as the first s Stevens Point Area Senior High School SolarWise schools. Green Bay East, Southern Door and Antigo each received solar-electric systems that These three high schools join 31 others already participating in the SolarWise program bringing the continued on page 3 total to 34. Each of the three new schools received a two- kilowatt solar-electric system to supplement the power they receive from Wisconsin Public Service. The solar equipment generates about 2,800 kilowatt- hours per year, which is enough electricity to light several classrooms. In addition, students are able to monitor performance daily via the Internet, making it a “live” laboratory where they gain direct experience with solar energy. Along with the rooftop solar equipment, each school received the latest SolarWise for Schools three-week curriculum package to use for classroom study of renewable energy resources. The package provides Brillion High School recently installed solar panels on their hands-on learning experiences with solar energy and roof. Teacher Brad Wysocki, Principal Paul Nistler and Public other renewable energy resources. Service employees Chip Bircher and Bill Woosencraft were on hand for the installation. SolarWise for Schools is a program of WPS Community Foundation Join the 2006 “Parade of Solar Homes” Interested in going solar yourself, but not sure where to through Wisconsin begin? Join us as we tour several Green Bay area solar Public Service’s homes and businesses on Saturday, October 7. Every NatureWise® year Wisconsin Public Service Corporation and the renewable energy Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) team up program. to sponsor a guided tour of buildings that use renewable energy technologies. The tour will also include a visit to Bay Port High School to view one of the solar-electric systems that your Even if you’ve been on the tour before, you won’t want to contributions helped to put in place, as well as stops at miss it this year because the 2006 Solar Home Tour will two solar homes, UW-Green Bay and a solar-powered feature the award–winning Wisconsin Department of church, Bring a bag lunch; we’ll stop at a park. Natural Resources. The all-day tour will depart at 9:30 a.m. sharp and will The new DNR headquarters is one of seven buildings in last until about 4:30 p.m. Cost for the tour is $5 per Wisconsin certified under the Leadership in Energy and person. Environmental Design (LEED) program from the U.S. Green Building Council. With a LEED Gold rating, this Directions to Departure Point building has numerous renewable energy and sustainable The tour will depart from Wisconsin Public Service features. By using passive solar design, daylighting and Corporate Offices – Annex Building, located at 700 North sophisticated energy control systems, this spacious 35,000 Adams Street in downtown Green Bay. Follow the “Solar sq. ft. building, uses 55% less energy than a typical Tour” signs. Detailed maps are available at building of the same size. The building also purchases http://www.wisconsinpublicservice.com/news/gb.asp 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources Winning Solar Essay The 2006 Solar Olympics included an “essay event” that “…Ironically, natural gas, oil, and coal are all generated from presented students with a unique challenge. They were the power found in the sun. How? Plants obtain their energy asked to imagine themselves as a U.S. Senator from from the sun through photosynthesis. Herbivores eat plants, Wisconsin giving a speech that would influence the which in turn provide energy for these creatures. Carnivores budget for the U.S. Department of Energy. They had to eat herbivores for their energy. So whether or not a lion eats a decide whether or not to support spending more money gazelle or a zebra, that lion consumes the sun’s energy. And on renewable energy and write the speech they would conclusively, when these plants and animals perish, they have give to convince a committee of their position. Below are molecules of trapped carbon that have captured the sun’s a few excerpts from the winning essay: “Let Us Go Solar energy, which when buried under pressure and heat create oil, Solo. - It’s the Wisest Choice” by “Senator” Gregory P. coal, and natural gas. Lampe of Tomahawk High School: “Have you finished comparing? Solar power is the ultimate “…America leads the world in scientific achievement, technical energy candidate for our future energy needs! Nationally and skill, and entrepreneurial drive. Within our country are globally. Solar power, as you now know, produces our fossil abundant natural resources, near unrivaled technology, and fuels, which we so heavily rely upon. Also Solar power is the collaboration of unlimited human creativity. With futuristic one abundant source that is available where one lives no leadership and sensible policies, we can meet our future energy matter how much money his/her country has in its federal demands and promote energy conservation, and do so in reserves. The sun radiates its power everyday, 24-7, 365 days environmentally responsible ways that set a standard for the a year, [and] the sunlight that shines on the Earth in just one world. The solution is as simple as looking into the afternoon hour could meet world energy demand for an entire year! That sky...the sun. Solar power, solar meaning Latin for sun, is just is if we could only truly reach our potential capabilities in one way of ensuring a promising tomorrow for future harnessing this incredible power. …” generations of Americans…” … “We need to go SOLAR solo, and hope that much of the “…we will definitely need a new energy resource that is not world will convert with us. Only then can we curtail problems only efficient, clean, renewable, and abundant, but cost for progress.” effective too....What energy source can provide us with all five desired needs?....SOLAR POWER! …” If you have any questions about SolarWise for Schools, call 1-800-450-7260 2 A Decade Old, cont. from front page continue to provide approximately 60,000 kilowatt- “We are so pleased with the success of SolarWise® for hours of solar electricity annually. Schools,” said Chip Bircher, SolarWise manager at Wisconsin Public Service. “The program continues to De Pere, Mosinee and Waupaca High Schools received grow as people become more aware of the important solar-electric systems in the 1997-98 school year. In role that renewable energy plays in providing reliable addition, a grant from the Wisconsin Environmental electricity while protecting the environment. SolarWise Education Board allowed seven more schools to receive is a simple way to make a difference.” the SolarWise curriculum package. It is the goal of the SolarWise® for Schools program to The table below summarizes all the SolarWise install solar-electric systems on all 63 public and installations: private high schools in Public Service’s territory when funding becomes available. Year Schools 1997 Antigo, Green Bay East, Southern Door Funds for the solar equipment that the schools receive 1998 De Pere, Mosinee, Waupaca through the SolarWise program come primarily from voluntary donations made by customers of Wisconsin 1999 Crandon, Pulaski, Oshkosh-West Public Service to the WPS Community Foundation. 2000 Denmark, Laona, Lourdes-Oshkosh Currently, 4,200 customers contribute. Additional 2001 Green Bay Southwest, Merrill, Wausaukee grants come from the state’s Focus on Energy program. 2002 Ashwaubenon, DC Everest (in Schofield), Wisconsin Public Service Corporation funds the Wabeno curriculum materials, Solar Olympics and the other events associated with the program. 2003 Bay Port (Howard-Suamico), Oconto, Tomahawk, Valders, Pacelli (Stevens Point) The WPS Community Foundation is a private, not-for- 2004 Wrightstown, Wausau East, Marinette, profit charitable organization providing information Sevastopol (near Sturgeon Bay) and options for renewable energy. Through SolarWise® for Schools and the annual Solar Olympics, the 2005 Wausau West, Rhinelander, Crivitz, Notre Foundation actively works to preserve the environment Dame Academy (Green Bay) for our children, our grandchildren and ourselves. 2006 N.E.W. Lutheran (Green Bay), Brillion, Contributions to the WPS Community Foundation are Stevens Point tax deductible, to the extent allowed by law. More information is available at www.wpsr.com or by calling 800-450-7260. A Great “Green” Host for Solar Olympics Renewable energy and environmental issues are of resources in the United States. The college has special interest to students and staff at all three of the 1,342 undergraduate majors, 150 minors and 120 schools that take turns hosting the Solar Olympics: graduate students enrolled. As a result, there is UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Stevens Point. campus-wide environmental awareness including This year it was UW-Stevens Point’s turn to welcome more than 20 active student organizations related high schoolers and show off their green campus. to the CNR. 2006 marked the second time in the 10-year history of s Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB) the Solar Olympics that the event was held at UW- and the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program Stevens Point. Here are just a few of the reasons the (KEEP) are both located on the UWSP campus. central-Wisconsin campus again proved to be a great These organizations provide educational materials, location for the event: grants and workshops across the state. s UW-Stevens Point’s College of Natural Resources is s The university is home to a number of “green” the largest undergraduate program in natural technology projects, including these: continued on back page SolarWise for Schools is a program of WPS Community Foundation 3 Happy 10th Anniversary Solar Olympics! For the past decade, high school students from throughout Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox Valley with a common interest in our planet’s closest star have gathered together on a day in early May. They aren’t skipping school to work on their tans, however. These students bring their collective knowledge of the sun and its power to both compete and share with their peers. Some years have been sunnier than others, but the Solar Olympics event is always a bright spot in the academic lives of teachers and students. This year, teams from 22 area high schools competed in the 10th Annual Solar Olympics on May 10 at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. Schools like De Pere, Denmark, Oshkosh Lourdes, Oshkosh West and others have been regulars at the event throughout its 10-year history. Brillion High School, on the The De Pere High School team took time out from their busy day at Solar other hand, had students competing in the Olympics to pose for a picture with their solar cooker. De Pere won the most medals overall in the day’s events. Solar Olympics for the first time in 2006. School. “They were really excited to do something here “This event really motivated the kids,” said Brad to represent their school.” Wysocki, who teaches physical science at Brillion High Wysocki said one of the strengths of the Solar Olympics is that it doesn’t just appeal to students with a scientific bent who want to design a solar cooker or water heater. Events like the solar photo contest, solar sculpture and solar marketing plan get students with a variety of interests and talents involved. In fact, there were a total of 11 different activities students could choose to participate in this year. A Busy Day The event began at 9:30 with an opening ceremony in the Laird Room of the University Center. Chip Bircher, Renewable Energy Products Manager for Wisconsin Public Service and Jim Rosenberg, a Public Service Community Representative in the This student gave his solar-powered car a few final adjustments Stevens Point area, welcomed the students, teachers before putting it to the test on the racetrack. and judges. If you have any questions about SolarWise for Schools, call 1-800-450-7260 4 “The creativity and teamwork that goes into these projects is outstanding and we congratulate all the students who worked on them,” Rosenberg said. Bircher pointed out the event was being run completely on renewable energy purchased through the utility’s NatureWise program and Rosenberg credited the more than 4,000 Public Service customers who make voluntary donations to the WPS Community Foundation with making the event possible. He also thanked UW-Stevens Point for hosting the event; saying the school is “truly a leader in renewable energy.” Sue Kissinger, Coordinator of Advising and Recruitment at UW-Stevens Point’s College of Natural Resources gave an introduction to the program and praised the efforts of the Solar Olympics participants. “I can tell you put long hours and lots of thought into these projects,” Kissinger said. The high schools competing in this year’s Solar Olympics were: Antigo, Bay Port (Howard/Suamico), Brillion, Crivitz, D.C. Everest (Wausau), Denmark, De Pere, Green Bay Southwest, Lourdes (Oshkosh), Marinette, Merrill, Notre Dame Academy (Green Bay) Christopher Dettmering of Crivitz High School looked into the Oshkosh West, Pacelli (Stevens Point), Pulaski, sky to determine the sun’s location, while Brandon Schenk Rhinelander, Tomahawk, Valders, Wabeno, Waupaca, adjusted the position of their team’s cooker while setting up at Wausau West and Wrightstown. The schools were the 2006 Solar Olympics. divided into four groups and the groups rotated divided up among art, English, tech education and through a schedule that included judges’ interviews, science classes so students with various interests have the solar car race, a campus tour, the Solar Jeopardy the opportunity to be involved. Other schools build preliminary round and a team photo. The events were Solar Olympics into the curriculum of a particular held in and around the Learning Resources Center class. At Green Bay’s Notre Dame Academy, for (library) and the Laird Room. This was the second time example, it’s part of the environmental science class the Solar Olympics have been held at UW-Stevens and students can choose any one of the Solar Olympics Point. categories as their end-of-the-year project. Similarly, Going for Gold Stevens Point Pacelli High School senior Sam Schuler said he worked on the solar cooker as part of his Judges for Solar Olympics this year came from local ecology class. businesses, UW-Stevens Point, the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program and Wisconsin Public Only two students from Pulaski High School made the Service. trip to the Solar Olympics this year, but they represented their school well. Garrett Knoll, a Pulaski Katie Leet, a De Pere High School senior, said she was a sophomore, won the gold metal for his solar building little nervous during her interview with solar sculpture design. He said he worked on the project for months judges. She worked on her school’s sculpture entry and really looked forward to attending the Solar with her Art IV class and it earned her school the gold Olympics. metal. “I want to be an architect and learning about solar Student teacher Justin Heraly accompanied the 11- design helped increase my awareness of renewable member De Pere team to Solar Olympics. He said at De energy options,” he said. Pere High School the 11 Solar Olympics events are continued on page 6 SolarWise for Schools is a program of WPS Community Foundation 5 10th Annual Solar Olympics, cont. from page 5 Adding it Up Pulaski High Since its beginning in School senior 1996, the SolarWise® for Jennifer Fay, Schools Program has: who put together an • Produced 874,800 entry for the kilowatt-hours of Solar Cooker electricity, enough to event said, provide electricity for 145 “The Solar homes for a year. Olympics + provides students with • Preserved 1,120,100 a lot of lbs. of coal—over five and valuable one-half railroad cars Entries in the Solar Cooker competition were designed to use information the sun’s rays to heat everything from s’mores to mini pizzas. worth. on renewable This one cooked hot dogs. + energy which is especially important with fuel prices rising.” • Prevented 1,972,300 pounds of carbon dioxide After the judging and campus tours were finished, the Solar Olympians emissions—the amount of met up for lunch, followed by a presentation from UW-Stevens Point carbon dioxide emitted by student Patrick Mootz. A senior from Greendale, Wis. majoring in driving around the world biology education, Mootz gave a presentation on Knutzen Residence nearly 100 times. Hall, the university’s “eco-hall,” which brings together students who have a common interest in environmental issues. + The final round of the quiz game Solar Jeopardy, hosted by Rosenberg, • Prevented 10,500 wrapped up the day’s competition followed by the award ceremony. pounds of sulfur dioxide Following the Olympics format, gold, silver and bronze medals were emissions. awarded in ten of the events. The following honors were presented: + Medal totals for the top three teams: • Prevented 10,400 s De Pere High School – 6 medals pounds of nitrogen oxide s Denmark High School – 4 medals emissions. s Oshkosh West High School – 3 medals When you add up the Gold-medal winners from each event: energy savings of all the s Solar Cooker – Crivitz SolarWise schools over s Solar Water Heater – Denmark the years since the s Solar Car Overall – Denmark program began, you can s Solar Essay – Tomahawk really see the impact it s Solar Sculpture – De Pere has had on our s Solar Jeopardy – Oshkosh West s Solar T-shirt Design – De Pere environment. s Solar Photography – Oshkosh West s Solar Building Design – Pulaski s Solar Marketing Campaign – De Pere If you have any questions about SolarWise for Schools, call 1-800-450-7260 6 New Solar Olympics Event Educates Community Groups A new event was added to the Solar Olympics line-up for The De Pere students made a video recording of their 2006. The challenge of “Community Outreach peers participating in the Solar Olympics program. Also Presentation” was for students to educate the community included in the video was an interactive session with about renewable energy and the opportunities offered by Senator Robert Cowles talking with the students who SolarWise® for Schools. were working on the school’s solar essay. The event guidelines required students make a “We had a lot of people from the community helping out presentation to a community group about renewable with this project of educating students about solar,” Arndt energy. Suggested audiences included service clubs such said. “Our video was to show the rest of the community as Rotary or Kiwanis, parent-teacher groups, boards of how great of a program this is for us students.” education, etc. The presentation had to include specific The students’ video also covered specifics of the Solar information about the school’s participation in the Wise for Schools program, including footage of solar SolarWise program. panels being installed on a school roof. Students from De Pere, Brillion and Oshkosh Lourdes The De Pere students’ video was then shown at the Baird High Schools took on the community outreach challenge. Creek Parkway EcoFair on Earth Day. Students handed Here’s what Tamara Arndt, a student from De Pere High out brochures and invited people over to the booth to School, said about her school’s presentation: watch the video. They quizzed viewers after the video and “The community outreach program at De Pere High gave away T-shirts as prizes to people who gave correct School was put together by myself, Holly D’Anna and a answers. small part by Holly Mecomber,” Arndt said. “The largest “We had a lot of people around the booth at all times,” help had to have been our advisor Mrs. (Christine) Arndt said. “It was definitely a successful event. It’s pretty Fossen. She was very good at educating us on the exciting knowing that you are a part of contributing to importance of solar which truly motivated us to want to such a huge project that could make such a difference achieve success with this project.” some day.” Q KIDS’ ACTIVITY Q Chilly Sun Catcher Materials: • A shallow tray like a foam meat tray or plastic frozen dinner tray • 10-12 inch string • Marbles, leaves, berries, small pine cones, bits of ribbon and other interesting small items Directions: Clean the tray and fill half way with water. Place the string about 4 inches in the water and about 6 inches out of the water. Lay items like pretty leaves or berries, marbles, yarn, bits of ribbon, etc. in the water. Set the tray outside on a cold winter night so the water freezes. In the morning take the frozen contents out of the tray and hang it outside in front of a window or from a tree. It will sparkle when the sunlight catches it and it presents some fun science questions: • Did you notice that the water expanded as it froze? • At what temperature will your sun catcher begin to melt? • How many days in a row does the sun catcher hang without melting? • Does sunlight affect different parts of the sun catcher more than others? (Of course, if you try this before it’s cold enough to freeze at night, you can put the tray into the freezer.) SolarWise for Schools is a program of WPS Community Foundation 7 PRSRT STD WPS Community Foundation, Inc. U.S. POSTAGE 700 North Adams Street PAID P. O. Box 19002 PERMIT # 145 GREEN BAY, WI Green Bay, WI 54307-9002 You can access our Web page through the following address: www.wpsr.com Green Host, cont. from page 3 s A solar-electric window system on the university’s the roof helps cool the building since it reduces Noel Fine Arts Center, which consists of 18 the amount of heat entering the building window panels that have solar cells sandwiched compared to other rooftop surfaces. between the panes of glass. About 20 percent of the light can pass through the window. Each panel s A sustainable dormitory – Knutzen Residence is 5'10" by 3'4" for a total of about 340 square feet Hall, known as the university’s “EcoHall” has a and can produce about 900-1,200 watts of fully-operational solar water heating system. The electricity on a sunny day. This system is partially hall brings together students who have a common sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service. interest in environmental issues. s A 6,000 square-foot green roof that was installed WPS Community Foundation wants to thank the UW- on the Albertson Learning Resources Center. The Stevens Point community for hosting Solar Olympics system of hearty, shallow-rooted, drought-resistant 2006. From providing judges and hosting campus plants and soil that make up the green roof tours to arranging rooms, meals and parking, the absorbs rain water that would otherwise run off UWSP faculty and staff were superb! Solar Olympics into local bodies of water, along with any looks forward to returning to the campus in the pollutants it picks up along the way. In addition, future!
Pages to are hidden for
"SolarWiseо for Schools – A Decade Old and 34 Schools Strong,Thanks"Please download to view full document