History of Project ReCharge
Project ReCharge was created in 2009 by Envirolution co-founders Alex Gamboa and Antuan Cannon. The program’s primary mission was to empower and educate youth to take a hands-on approach to save money for their schools through saving energy. The content for the original energy efficiency lessons were developed from various industry recognized and certified education training manuals and were refined over the years with the help from Envirolution’s staff and Americorp VISTA members.
The original funding for this program came from multiple small community grants and partnerships, including a partnership with The Desert Research Institute (DRI) GreenPower Program in late 2010. Envirolution’s original Project ReCharge lessons are currently being used in DRI’s Thermal and Electrical Systems GreenPower Boxes. In 2014, Envirolution partnered with LoadIQ and David Crowther at the Raggio Research Center for STEM Education in the College of Education at the University of Nevada – Reno, and in the fall of 2014, the Project ReCharge team received Nevada’s first NSF ITEST grant valued at $1.2 million over the span of three years.
From 2009-2014, Envirolution introduced Project ReCharge to 100+ teachers in Nevada and over 10 schools in Washoe County and Truckee. This new NSF ITEST grant will allow UNR and Envirolution the opportunity to reach over 3,000 students and 30 teachers by giving them the knowledge, skills, and technology to reduce their school’s energy use and save money year after year.