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Energy Works Michigan 
May 2011 Newsletter


Green Leaders Scholarship  




Energy Works will award seven $1,000 college scholarships to the following graduating high school seniors in Michigan with plans to attend college and pursue green and sustainable careers:


Marion Berger - Grosse Pointe South - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Rachel Crane - Houghton High School - Houghton, MI 

Norman Jin - Notre Dame Preparatory School - Pontiac, MI

Heather Leach - Glen Lake High School - Maple City, MI
Jacob Lucia - North Branch High School - North Branch, MI
Mary Katharine O'Brien - Community High School - Ann Arbor, MI
Ryan Toussaint - Lahser High School - Bloomfield Hills, MI


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St. Joseph's Catholic School in Wayne, MI  

Receives Solar PV Awning!       


St. Joseph's Catholic School is participating in the Renewable Energy Program offered by Energy Works. The school received a 2.25 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) awning. The installation was completed on March 9, 2011 and a ceremony was held on May 2, 2011. The new solar PV awning is a great addition to the school's building, which showcases conservation and the use of recycled materials since a recent renovation of the building. 

To see live energy data from the solar PV system, visit the PowerDash website

Emile and Laura's Trip to Detroit! 


Energy Works Director Emile Lauzzana and Education Director Laura Holladay visited six Detroit Public Schools on Friday April 24, as a planned follow-up to a teacher training workshop that Laura conducted for the DPS schools in March.

All six of the schools had pledged to incorporate energy education into their Earth Day celebrations, and this series of school visits was a chance to see the results.    

 Energy Activities on display at Edison Elementary. 


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Energy Works Participates in 

Eaton Rapids Earth Day Event!  


Eaton Rapids Public Schools celebrated the Michigan Green Schools status for Eaton Rapids High School, Northwestern Elementary School, and Lockwood Elementary School at their third annual Earth Day Event. The event was organized by Jennifer Grivins, high school chemistry teacher, who was also a participant in the Greening Michigan Classrooms Grant


The focus on this year's program was renewable energy, to commemorate plans for a future installation of a wind turbine on the schools campus.     


See our photos from the event on Facebook!



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Students participated in Energy Works game show asking questions about energy and the environment.  

Kendal Kuneman, Project Manager, showed students how to power a buzzer with a 1.5 volt solar PV panel used in our game show.

On the left, Superintendent Dr. Bill DeFrance is being presented with a check for $10,000 from retired Science Teacher Gary Vittoz from the estate of Jayne and Milor Nikolic to help fund their wind turbine.

Project Spotlight

Traverse City West Middle School in Traverse City, MI is teaching students about healthy eating by introducing them to a Micro-Greens project. This will allow students to be a part of the process, see how food is grown, and have an active hand in doing so. This provides the students with an opportunity to be involved in planting and harvesting the nutrient-rich food and will inspire them to live sustainable lives.   

See list of grant winners 

Thank you for your interest in the Michigan Renewable Schools Program!



Emile Lauzzana, Executive Director 
Sustainable - Equitable - Prosperous - Future
In This Issue
Congratulations Green Leaders Scholarship Winners!
St. Joseph's Catholic School in Wayne, MI Receives Solar PV Awning!
Emile and Laura's Trip to Detroit!
Energy Works Participates in Eaton Rapids Earth Day Event!
Greening Michigan Classrooms Grant Project Spotlight
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Partner K-12 Schools

If your school is interested in pursuing energy efficiency or renewable energy, please submit a Waitlist Application. 

FREE Energy Lesson Plans!


Energy Works has developed lesson plans on energy efficiency, solar photovoltaics, and wind energy to help teachers make energy efficiency and renewable energy an integral part of their classrooms. 

Download Lesson Plans! 

See Live Energy Data!


Data from solar PV and wind systems installed at K-12 schools in Michigan

can be viewed on the PowerDash website.

Custom graphing options make this a great tool for teachers to incorporate into classroom learning! 

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