Caitlin Lynch is Envirolution’s New Social Media Intern. Caitlin is a junior at University of Nevada, Reno studying Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. She is a member of the UNR Student Ambassadors who are honors students that volunteer 5-7 hours a month to help prospective students make an informed decision on their college choice. Caitlin will be making several social media posts about environmental topics on Envirolution’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds. We look forward to hearing from Caitlin.
Peppermill – The only U.S. resort entirely heated by onsite geothermal power! Peppermill will be one of the stops on our upcoming Sustainability Tour, which will be held during Washoe County School District Fall Break between October 26th and 30th for anyone 10 and up. To see what sustainability looks like in Reno, save your seat on the bus by registering on our website, through email, or by phone: Sustainability Tour Info Page Call (775) 229-8488 Or Email
Most students never get a chance to make their own electricity and take for granted how easy it is to flip on a switch. By building a bicycle generator you enable students to pedal their way to power while also solidifying energy concepts. In an effort to build capacity and offer energy efficiency educational opportunities to teachers, students, and community members in Washoe County, the Energy Bike Engineer will be responsible for updating and refining our Energy Bike system, allowing community members to produce their own electricity and learn about energy concepts in the process. In addition to Envirolution using the Energy Bike at community events,Read More →
We are excited to announce that our August newsletter is now live! Check it out here to read about our recent teacher training at UNR for Project ReCharge and the official launch of our new website. If you are not already signed up for our newsletter, consider taking the plunge – it is the best way to stay up to date on everything Envirolution!
Note: This post was originally posted by Envirolution on the GREENevada blog on July 7, 2015 for their #watersmart campaign. As we move into hotter summer days, water concerns related to HOW we produce energy become even bigger issues. The following infographic from the Union of Concerned Scientists is an introduction on how making smarter energy decisions can also help us be #watersmart. In this graphic, “the phrase ‘energy-water collision’ refers to the range of issues that can crop up where our water resources and our power sector interact. This infographic illustrates the three main ways this problem occurs during hot, dry summers.”
For Project ReCharge, we are utilizing exciting energy monitoring technology from LoadIQ, a Reno-based business. This partnership will allow the students participating in Project ReCharge to monitor their school’s energy data in real time! LoadIQ is a remarkably innovative system for understanding electrical energy, and how it is used in buildings. The system allows people to see energy use, better understand energy sources and impacts, and to evaluate how we can use less energy. At the heart of the system is a sophisticated computer program and magic electronic box that together read signals at thousands of times per second coming from sensors that are placedRead More →
Sharing energy efficiency education to Northern Nevadan’s is one big thing that Envirolution prides itself on. You can expect us to bring our energy bike to every event we attend. From adults to little kids, everyone seems to love riding the bike and generating power to turn on all the different lights and appliances. So how does it all work? In the simplest terms possible, as the rider pedals the bike, they move the back wheel, the back wheel moves a motor, and the motor generates electricity, this electricity to transferred through wires to power a light bulb or an appliance. In energy terms, theRead More →
Congratulations to our Project ReCharge Year One participating teachers! Six teachers from Reed High School and O’Brien Middle School participated Year One of Project ReCharge, an energy efficiency program for Northern Nevada classrooms funded by the National Science Foundation. The teachers underwent extensive training about the program and provided valuable feedback on the curriculum, which is given to them for use in the classroom and covers topics such as energy generation, alternative energy production, and energy efficiency in lighting systems, appliances, and building construction. Their much appreciated feedback has been incorporated into the curriculum for future use by students and teachers. The teachers were provided nearly $2,500Read More →
Channel News 4 traveled to O’brien Middle School, one of the schools participating in Project ReCharge, for a quick look at how this energy efficiency curriculum is changing the school atmosphere. Click here to watch the video news segment from Channel News 4.
June’s newsletter is live! Click here to check out our June Newsletter to read a quick blurb on Envirolution’s participation in the Great Community Cleanup event hosted by KTMB and an upcoming event! If you are not already signed up for our newsletter, consider taking the plunge – it is the best way to stay up to date on everything Envirolution!