Old Trail School Students Celebrate Earth Day – April 22, 2015

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Old Trail School students and the entire School community will celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The day’s festivities will begin with a ceremony to dedicate the School’s new Solar Array that has recently been completed on the campus.

Old Trail School students and the entire School community will celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The day’s festivities will begin with a ceremony to dedicate the School’s new Solar Array that has recently been completed on the campus.

Other activities throughout the day will include hands-on activities for students with a variety of eco-themed sessions planned including a solar presentation, trash pick-up, bat houses, honeybees, solar ovens, seed bombs, bird feeders, songs, games, picnic lunch and more.

Environmental sustainability and responsible stewardship are components of the Old Trail School mission and the School is excited to announce the new Old Trail School Solar Array.

The new solar array is located on the School’s 62-acre campus and construction began in October 2014. This system consists of more than 1200 solar panels on approximately 2-3 acres of land. All of the panels in the solar array are mounted into the ground (no rooftops). The panels will produce more than 325KwH of electricity in the first year, which will replace the need to purchase an estimated 1/3 of the Old Trail School electrical consumption. Over their 30 year lifetime, the panels are projected to save the School $1 million or more in electricity bills.

The School’s leadership worked closely with The University of Akron during the research process which included sending a Request for Proposal (RFP) to a number of solar providers. Ultimately, CarbonVision was selected as the best fit for the School with its combined goals of energy production and a strong curricular component.

A “mini” solar array is also located on the School’s campus to allow students to learn about what is going on at the larger solar array. This includes an electronic “dashboard” where students will be able to access both the cumulative and real-time electricity produced by the array.

The Solar Array dedication ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on the School’s campus. Please contact the School for more information.

Old Trail School is an independent, coeducational day school for students aged two through grade eight. Located in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Bath, Ohio, the School offers a personal, nurturing and academically challenging liberal arts program to students and families in a five-county region that emphasizes excellence in academics, athletics and the arts. For more information about Old Trail School visit oldtrail.org.

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