Nonprofit organizations and solar companies have launched the National Solar Schools Consortium at the National Science Teachers Association conference in Boston.
The goal of the consortium is to promote the use of solar energy in U.S. elementary and secondary schools, coordinate solar curriculum and resource development, and provide tools designed to help schools explore solar energy options on campus and in their communities.
The consortium comprises representatives of leading environmental, educational and solar-focused nonprofit organizations, as well as for-profit solar businesses. Founding Consortium members include the Brian D. Robertson Memorial Solar Schools Fund, Community Power Network, Elephant Energy, the Foundation for Environmental Education, KidWind, Make It Right Solar, Mosaic, the National Energy Education Development Project, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), The Solar Foundation, SolSolution, The Three Birds Foundation and Women in Solar.
"More and more schools across the country are discovering the benefits of going solar,’ says Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA. ‘For schools, solar can provide a curriculum where science, economics and the environment all intersect.’
More information on the consortium can be found here.