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First Solar and Wind Powered Public School

By Deborah Williams

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Diette Courrege, posted on the Edweek Rural Education blog that one rural school “appears to be the first solar- and wind-powered public school in the country.”  Her post, “Rural Arizona Charter School First in Nation to Be Off Electric Grid,” introduces readers to the STAR Charter School—whose name is an acronym for “Service to All Relations”—, which integrates the Navajo traditions that define community.

The STAR Charter School has been recognized by a number of organizations.  This nationally recognized school exemplifies the U.S. Department of Education’s first-ever Green Ribbon Award because of its comprehensive approach to create a green environment “through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students.”  It was named among 25 of the Coolest Schools in America for its innovation by Scholastic Parent & Child magazine.  The Rural Trust has provided financial aid to promote teacher training and to provide teaching materials.

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