September 6, 2011 > For a greener future
For a greener future
Submitted By T.M. Hemashree
Photos By Courtesy of Alsion Montessori
Alsion Montessori Middle/High School is celebrating its achievements at its 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Friday, September 23. Appropriately themed as 'Alsion, For a Greener Future,' the event features keynote speaker Rex Northern, Executive Director of Cleantech Open, a leader in developing clean technology startup entrepreneurs to address today's most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges. The evening is an opportunity to network and learn about green business technology. Alsion extends an invitation to the community, local businesses and educational and government organizations to participate.
Additionally, Alsion Montessori Middle/High School will participate in a unique 'green' community project during the school year, with the installation of a privately donated solar system. The 28 panel, 4.9kW system will be installed by PetersenDean in September, at which time the students will tour the PetersenDean facilities to speak with system engineers, solar installers and project managers, and receive an overview of the life-cycle of a solar system from inception to start-up.
The student community anticipates that these solar panels will supply approximately 50 percent of the school's energy requirements, cutting their PG&E bill in half, a substantial savings. Using a sophisticated on-line monitoring system, students will have an opportunity to study the equipment closely, track energy usage, make comparisons to their energy usage from previous years with more traditional energy sources, and calculate their energy savings over the course of a year. The Alsion student community believes that effective green technologies are important to their future and the future of this planet, moving toward 'zero waste' during this school year.
Alsion Montessori Middle/High School offers an educational program specifically designed to meet the academic and social needs of adolescents and young adults. Eighty-five percent of its graduates are typically accepted into the University of California with advanced standing, and about 20 percent qualify for National Merit Scholarships each year. As a small learning community with a diverse student population, the school can focus on the individual needs of each adolescent as he or she undergoes the critical transformation from child to young adult.
Alsion Montessori Anniversary Gala Dinner
Friday, September 23
6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
W Hotel, Silicon Valley
8200 Gateway Boulevard, Newark
RSVP preferred by September 9
$70 per person; sponsorship tables available