Coalition for Renewable Energy
and Education RI (CAREER)
Report to Rhode Island on Readiness for Sustainability - September 1, 2020:
The Report in downloadable PDF format has been sent to stakeholders in RI.
CAREER in Rhode Island aims to create a model for a sustainable region even during the climate crisis and ecological collapse already underway. CAREER is the educational part of the state-wide effort to move to totally renewable energy in the State by 2030. The educational part -- CAREER -- includes installing small vertical wind generators on school, college and university grounds that will provide a part of the energy needs of the institution, while also involving students in the project to prepare them for careers in renewable energy jobs or careers in environmental studies or research -- 21st century careers and consciousness.
Schools that join CAREER will install a wind generator -- see https://www.whiteleafenergysystems.com/gallery/ -- or install more than one, and also offer courses related to renewable energy, environmental studies, and other relevant learning.
Colleges and universities can also install the same generators and create a "Wind Application Center" based on the Wind for Schools model developed by the Department of Energy more than 10 years ago and adopted by 12 states during that time.
Career is installing small wind generators on school grounds in Rhode Island as an educational opportunity for students, a way for the school to use renewable energy, a way to develop the renewable energy workforce in RI, and as a way to raise consciousness in the state about climate change.
CAREER is working within this state-wide context: https://www.ecori.org/renewable-energy/2019/8/5/progressive-idea-build-municipal-renewable-energy-utilities
To this end, we are coordinating a Wind for Schools Project model that, as of April 14, 2020 when I am writing this, is in the talking phase. Wind for Schools is or was a national project supported by the US Department of Energy and has functioning projects in a number of States in the US. The DOE has ceased funding Wind for Schools, but we hope to join the existing national cohort with our own State Coalition. Here in Rhode Island, we started early this month, so this page serves, for the moment, as a developing resource and coordination site.
The Last Humans Project is interested in the national Wind for Schools project because it is a model that can be replicated around the world. The Wind for Schools Project involves primary, secondary and post-secondary levels of education. Actual wind generators are installed at schools in a U. S. state and the schools collaborate with a state university. At all levels of education, a curriculum is suggested. The goal is to create the workforce for alternate energy jobs. The wind generator designed for schools is small enough and safe enough for school grounds. While this project is no longer funded by the DOE, all information relating to the project is still posted on the web.
This page will be updated as the Project develops. It is part of the overall Last Humans Project that aims at fundamental change in higher education around the world -- all 19,400 institutions of higher education. The Wind for Schools Project in RI, assuming it develops, can serve as a model for world-wide implementation as a learning model appropriate to this century. -- Trent Batson
The Last Humans Project was in the news when the Project was launched in January 2020. Here is the link to University World News' article about our Project: https://www.universityworldnews.com/newsletter-archives.php?mode=archive&pub=1&issueno=582&format=html