Education

Empowering students and community members with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed decisions about energy use and conservation.

Our Educational Programs

prc_whitebg Project ReCharge is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) based service-learning program designed to empower students with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed decisions about energy usage and conservation in their own lives, as well as help prepare students for STEM-related jobs in the growing sustainable economy. Our goal is to reach more than 30 teachers and 3,000 students at the middle school and high school level in Washoe County School District over three years. The program will pour $1.2 million into energy efficiency education in North Nevada, thanks to grant DRL 1433597 from the National Science Foundation. The grant was awarded to the Raggio Research Center for STEM Education in the College of Education at the University of Reno-Nevada and Envirolution.

Project ReCharge Expands in 2017-2018!

In 2017-2018, the Project ReCharge program will expand into 7 new schools!   Thanks to the Nevada Department of Education Math/Science Partnership Grant- and together with partners from UNR, Washoe County School District, Carson City School District and Nevada Regional Professional Development Program, we will train 35 new teachers and engage 1,000 new students with our interactive energy education program.

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Sustainability Tour

The Envirolution Sustainability Tour is an exciting five-day opportunity for Northern Nevada high school and college students to travel to some of Reno’s finest sustainability businesses and organizations to explore green careers, environmentally friendly practices, and learn about the local sustainability movement. We will conclude the week with a cleanup of Picket Park in celebration of Nevada Day.

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 Past Programs and Events

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  • Three Spheres Leadership Academy

    Summers 2012-2014. During our summer youth sustainability camps, our goal was to prepare our local youth to be sustainable business and community leaders of our region’s future, while simultaneously empowering them to make positive contributions to our community right now.

    Each week, students focused on one of six sustainability topics: 1) Renewable Energy; 2) Green Building; 3) Food & Agriculture; 4) Climate Change & Conservation; 5) Air Quality & Waste Streams; and 6) Ecosystem Services. Each session can be taken separately or combined together for a comprehensive view of modern environmental stewardship.

    Thanks to all participating partners: Camp Galilee, Mono Lake Committee, Nevada Division of Forestry, Paradise Park Community Garden, Sustainable Tahoe, Water Air Soil Resource Research group (WASSER), Hungry Mother Organics, UNR Agriculture Experiment Station, Wildflower Village, Sierra Nevada College, Waste Not, The Nature Conservancy, Friends of the Black Rock High Rock, Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, Alliance for Climate Education, River School Farm, Be the Change Project, Girl Farm, Great Basin Community Food Co-op, Urban Roots, Desert Research Institute, Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, Envirohaven, Ormat, Regional Transportation Commission, Sunvelope Solar, The Holland Project, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Buy Local Reno/Sparks, Apropos International, Café Perla, Black Rock Solar, Kiwani’s Bike Program, Nevada Bugs and Butterflies, Northern Nevada Fish & Wildlife Service, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, Ormat, Cathexes, Peppermill Casino, The Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, Magpie Coffee Roasters, and Lost City Farm.

  • O’Brien Middle School STEM Academy

    2012: 8th grade students at O’Brien Middle School in Stead, Nevada learning about energy efficiency and sustainability through the STEM program.

  • GREENevada High School Sustainability Competition

    2010-2011. GREENevada submitted a funding proposal to PEPSI Refresh with the intention of being able to fund a High School Sustainability Competition. Thanks to the hard work of the coalition of nonprofits that make up GREENevada, and to the involvement of our broad community of followers and like-minded citizens, we were awarded one of the coveted $50,000 awards from Pepsi. With that money, GREENevada prepared to host the competition during the spring semester of 2011. On Earth Day 2011, Washoe County high school students teams presented their plans to make their school facilities more environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and sustainable. Each team submitted a written proposal and budget, and made a visual presentation in front of a panel of expert judges. After the judging sessions, $28,000 was awarded to nine participating Washoe County high schools. The Grand Prize winner (with $12,000) was Reed High School, whose students upgraded the school’s bathrooms, cutting back on wasted water and energy, and potentially saving their school thousands in utility bills.

  • Envirolution’s GreenPower Teacher Trainings

    2012. In partnership with the Desert Research Institute’s (DRI) GreenPower program, Envirolution presented eight-hour professional development workshops in Reno and Las Vegas centered on our energy efficiency and solar energy curriculum. The first, held at the DRI campus in Reno, included 11 middle and high-school teachers across a wide swath of disciplines, from environmental science and math to English and visual arts. The teachers competed against one another to design the most effective solar oven, created short climate change PSAs, learned about contemporary issues in energy policy such as mountaintop removal and tar sands oil, investigated the effectiveness of insulation, and experimented with solar cells. At the DRI campus in Las Vegas we piloted a new format for professional development: teachers and their students working together in collaboration. Three high school teachers and six local students from Canyon Springs High School began the day by envisioning themselves as the sole survivors of a zombie apocalypse, with the task of redesigning energy consuming building systems using recycled, repurposed, or natural materials and fossil fuel alternatives. After successfully proving that they are, in fact, capable of rebuilding civilization, the teachers and students spent the rest of the day investigating how well insulation works in cooling climates, using Kill-A-Watts to search the DRI campus for energy hogs, and learning about the social, environmental, and economic benefits of energy efficiency.

  • High Desert Montessori School Eco Fair

    2012. Envirolution and Urban Roots offered in 2012 a green living elective to the middle school students at High Desert Montessori with the aim: to educate students about key concepts of the environmental movement, such as the triple bottom line; to make them aware of what is currently happening on the local, national, and international levels; and, to and give them a chance to apply what they have learned whether at home, in the school, or in their community. Provided with an intermediary knowledge of “what does it means to be green?” and connections to key individuals in the Reno community, they were responsible for researching, contacting, scheduling, planning, publicizing, prepping, and executing a day-long, school-wide entirely student-driven event. By identifying key areas of the green movement here in Reno, they broke into six group, each representing a different theme: Renewable Energy, Eco-Friendly Transport, Local Food, Green Business, Green Building, and Community Health. The students then rallied various organizations and businesses to represent each of these areas, including NV Energy, Blue Water Studios, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, GirlFarm, RTC Transit,edible RENO-TAHOE, Friends of Nevada Organics, and Clean Energy Center, which all had unique and interactive exhibitions for the students to delve into.