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