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CHS Wins $2,500 Sustainability Grant!

The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them.
—Paul Hawken

Colchester High School has been awarded a $2,500 Berlin City Auto Group’s Drive for Education grant to bolster one of its sustainability initiatives!

Will Warren, CHS’s Health & Sciences team leader, has designed and installed a human-powered generator capable of storing electricity to help offset some of the stage lighting, sound, and projection equipment’s power requirements. As such, performers requiring electricity can generate and store at least some of it in advance and then use it during their performances.

A student pedals a human-powered generator during the March 22 “Battle of the Brains” event

The grant funds awarded by Berlin City’s Drive for Education program will enhance and expand the scope of the generator project by supporting the purchase of additional generator equipment, including compatible LED lighting, portable power packs, blocking diodes, and materials to build two more pedal-powered generators. It is a very positive step toward creating more ecologically conscious and responsible facilities. It directly reduces our carbon footprint while developing greater awareness about conservation efforts as our students collaborate with their local and global communities to address our intensifying ecological situation.

Of course, CHS is no stranger to sustainability initiatives. In December, the school won a $2,000 Vermont VPA Service Learning and Leadership Project grant offered through a partnership with the Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service for its sustainability-oriented Net Impact High School program—the very first high school chapter of its kind in the nation. CHS also offers a health class that boasts a student garden.

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