I was recently up in Northern Arizona, and had some time to explore the great sites in the area. I went into Utah and hiked Zion National Park, walked to Horseshoe Bend, took some beautiful pictures from a few vistas overlooking Lake Powell, and walked around the Glen Canyon Dam and the Carl Hayden Visitor’s Center. I’ve seen dams before, but had not really explored them and how they worked. In today’s blog, I’d like to share some of what I learned about the Glen Canyon Dam and how it provides power to the surrounding areas and states.
At Pierce Energy Planning, we’re all about changing behavior to save energy. One of the key groups we need to empower to change their behavior is students. The EPA estimates that behavioral and operational changes can save schools up to 25% on their energy bills annually. Making sure kids are aware and helping to promote energy conservation messages can help districts see savings on the higher end of that estimate.
How many of you took time on August 21, 2017 to check out the total eclipse? One of our Pierce Energy colleagues drove up to Idaho to view it in the path of totality. I was in the Chicago-area, and saw it at approximately 90% (with my safety glasses of course!). Even if you weren’t in a spot where you could see the full spectacle, it was still an exciting thing to witness – especially since it doesn’t happen very often – the next total eclipse won’t be visible in the continental U.S. until April 2024.
As I approach my last semester of college and prepare for graduation, I am flooded with the famous question, “What’s your plan?”. This simple yet daunting question leaves most soon-to-be college graduates stressed and overwhelmed. As scary as graduation seems, I am eager to delve into the real world, follow my passion, and start a career in Sustainability.
I am writing this blog from across the “pond.” I am sitting in my grandparents’ kitchen in France, a country who just had a potentially world-changing presidential election, thinking about the impact that presidents have on sustainability. Which got me thinking about today’s blog topic: international sustainability agreements!
To celebrate Earth Day, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Green Schools Committee hosted a tour of the Phoenix Coding Academy, a new, small specialty high school in the Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD). Opened to students for the first time in August 2016, the Phoenix Coding Academy is focused on providing students a high school education with a course load heavy on technology innovation and computer coding.
With summer, comes one of my favorite pastimes…Major League Baseball! Growing up on the East Coast, summer was always the time to go outside and play and watch sports. The dreary winter was over, and it was time to bathe in the sunlight. While the summer brings on a new meaning in Phoenix, it is still an important time for sports. Which got me thinking…how are major sporting events starting to integrate sustainability?
Did you know that Earth Day was started by a senator in Wisconsin? Or that Earth Day was originally an American event, and only went global in 1990? With Earth Day just around the corner (this Saturday, April 22), I thought I’d share a little history from the Earth Day Network, as well as some activity ideas for you to participate in over the next week (and anytime!).
All 10 schools and the Nogales Unified School District office building earned ENERGY STAR certification as part of their Energy Savings Program. Very few districts have all their locations achieve this certification, stated Dr. Auriane Koster, Sustainability Manager for Pierce Energy Planning, a subcontractor to Midstate Energy.
The Vittoria Energy Expedition is a renewable energy-powered sailboat, which the crew plans to sail to Cuba (and eventually other destinations around the world) to talk about how communities use renewable energy, such as solar and wind, to power their homes, businesses, and lives. The 31-foot sailboat will harness the power of the wind, as sailboats have been doing for ages, and will use electricity from solar panels to power the electric motor (which replaced the standard diesel engine), equipment, lighting, and other electricity needs.