Gators Go Green!
Posted 05/09/2017 04:35PM
Gators Go GreenSt. Paul's School for Girls, through the generous support of the Lockhart Vaughan Foundation, has completed the installation of a 98.29kW solar array on the roof of its main building.
The solar array, totaling 288 panels, will produce an estimated 114,000 kWh's of energy each year and save the school approximately $15,390 in energy costs during the first year, with savings projected to increase exponentially thereafter. Combined with these cost savings, it is estimated that 176,627 pounds of CO2 will be conserved, the equivalent of not driving a car for 192,000 miles.
The SPSG community will monitor energy savings through a dashboard linked here, enabling faculty to incorporate this data into curriculum across disciplines and STEM-related projects. Throughout the installation of the panels, many classes in the Middle and Upper Schools have already engaged in curricular projects related to the study of the sun and renewable energy.
SPSG celebrateed the installation with a ceremonial "flipping of the switch" during a special event in honor of Earth Day on April 19, 2017. Students in both the Middle and Upper Schools shared the work they have completed in classes regarding solar energy, as well as spoke to the importance of managing SPSG's environmental footprint in the world.
"As a certified Maryland Green School, St. Paul's School for Girls is grateful for the support of the Lockhart Vaughan Foundation as we strive to increase awareness and education about the importance of environmental sustainability within our community," says Head of School Penny Evins. "We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and preparing our students, in accordance with our mission, to become conscientious community members and active environmental citizens who serve in the world."