On Tuesday, May 12, Trees, Water & People (TWP) attended the 9th Grade Celebration at Kinard Junior High School in order to present the $4,000 donation raised during this year’s Renew the Rockies – The future IS Clean Energy event. The graduation ceremony included a feature on the impressive environmental initiatives at the school. Kinard is the most energy efficient school in Colorado and received an Energy Star plaque to honor its impressive efforts. As Stu Reeve, Energy Manager for the Poudre School District likes to say, “Buildings don’t save energy, people do.” While Kinard is constructed to be extremely efficient, Reeve highlights the fact that teachers and students – such as those in the environmental group Kinard CARES – have undertaken an impressive effort to maximize use of the building’s energy saving features.
Solar electricity will be a critical component in moving toward zero-emissions for the building. With this goal in mind, Trees, Water & People incorporated fundraising for a photovoltaic array into this year’s Renew the Rockies event. At the 9th Grade Celebration, Lacey Gaechter, Community Outreach Coordinator for Trees, Water & People, presented Kinard’s portion of the proceeds from the March fundraiser, which Poudre School District will use toward the installation of a 10kW system on the school. TWP was honored to share a small part of the spotlight with the extraordinary graduates of Kinard. The four-hundred people in attendance showed a tremendous amount of support for both their students and the school’s commitment to environmental excellence.