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Please join the Moontown Foundation for food, drink and a silent auction on March 26th to honor our supporters, champions, and crew members. We will bring you up to speed on our programs to mobilize communities to fight climate change, while building pathways to green careers.
Moontown Foundation 2009
Spring Celebration & Update
Moontown is training economically disadvantaged young adults to be the leaders of the new green economy– a top priority of the Obama administration. Please join us on March 26th to celebrate our leaders, champions and most of all, our SWITCH Project crew members.
$25 per person
- $1500 – will train and certify one (1) SWITCH Project crew member as an energy efficiency auditor, energy technology specialist or photovoltaic installer.
- $1,000 – will provide 36-hours of life, interpersonal and professional development training for two (2) SWITCH Project crew members.
- $750 – will weatherize 10 low-income households.
- $250 – will install 30 compact florescent light bulbs.
Where & When:
Portage Bay Cafe
March 26th, 6-9pm
South Lake Union
391 Terry Ave N
Real estate agency and not-profit organization collaborate in quest to raise youth awareness of green building and ecopreneurship
By Milan on 2008-04-14
Seattle, WA –Real estate agency and not-profit organization collaborate in quest to raise youth awareness of green building and ecopreneurship.
GreenWorks Realty and the Moontown Foundation team up to give high school students a hands-on lesson in green architecture, design, and energy conservation. On Saturday, February 2nd, GreenWorks Realty will hold a “Behind The Walls” open house for the public to showcase green features in an upcoming 4-Star Built-Green presale in Fall City. GreenWorks has invited a group of young eco –entrepreneurs (Ecopreneurs) to join the tour and learn about the various opportunities in green building first hand.
The teens will be given a tour by the architect of Silo Design and receive a crash course in environmentally sustainable construction using natural and renewable materials, low toxic, energy efficient solar and recycled products.
Stace Noland, Founder and Director of Moontown says, “Reversing climate change and ending social and economic inequality in our nation are major challenges for our generation. One thing we can all do to reduce our environmental footprint on the planet is to build new and retrofit older homes with solutions that use less energy. Second to that, it’s important to show teens there are potentially millions of so-called Green Collar jobs on the not to distant horizon. At Moontown, we teach youth to pursue career opportunities that protect the planet, as well as help them earn family income wage. We call it the triple bottom-line, and we thank GreenWorks for providing such an opportunity for the Ecopreneurs in our program.”
Location: 31803 SE 48th Street, Fall City, 98024
Date & Time: 1-4pm February 2, 2008
For More Information: Contact
About GreenWorks Realty
GreenWorks Realty is a full-service real estate agency for both green and traditional properties. We serve communities throughout Washington with agents in Seattle, Olympia, Bainbridge, and North Kitsap County. GreenWorks is most proud to be the first regional company to specialize in green and community-focused housing. Our vision is to create a more sustainable world through promoting green building practices that support human and environmental health and vitality.
About Moontown Foundation
Moontown Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to reversing climate change and promoting environmental stewardship and sustained social and economic development. Moontown provides teens with a comprehensive understanding of the effect humans have on the environment, introduces them to emerging clean technology solutions, and teaches the fundamentals of business administration and management. Moontown seeks to challenge and inspire youth to take action as informed stewards of the Earth, business leaders, and agents of social and economic change.
by Stacy Noland on 2008-08-08
Teens Energized by Urban Solar Camp
SEATTLE, August 6, 2008 – While most teenagers may spend their summer lying in the sun, a Seattle program is showing dozens of youth how to harness the sun’s power as a solution for global climate change.
The Moontown Foundation, a local non-profit, has brought together world-class scientists from the University of Washington, a unique energy program at Shoreline Community College and 100 urban youth from Seattle Parks & Recreation to give an intensive hands-on experience in the environment and careers in solar energy as part of the Foundation’s Summer of Sustainability Initiative.
On Aug. 8, up to 40 teens will attend a session of Urban Solar Camp from 12:30pm to 3pm at SCC’s Zero Energy House, a functioning home completely off the electrical grid. Media representatives are invited to attend all or part of the session to interview participants.
The Urban Solar Camp starts with a sobering overview of global climate change from UW experts. The teens, age 14-18, then learn about the potential solutions in solar energy and the growing technology field. They then trek to Shoreline to see solar technology at work, assemble mock solar panels and learn how to conduct an energy efficiency audit.
“I am on a quest to identify, train, certify and then employ 500 solar system installers and designers in the next 36 months,” said Stacy Noland, Founder & CEO of Moontown Foundation, which coordinates the camp as part of the its Summer Sustainability initiative. “Of all the forms of renewable energy we hear about, direct solar radiation creates over 350 million terawatts of energy a year. Obviously, solar is clearly the way to go. And at the end of the day, the kids understand that you can earn a healthy income installing solar systems and help improve the planet. They find that cool.”
Shoreline Community College has been actively developing a leadership role as an educator in renewable energy. The school is a national training center for alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology and offers certification in solar – energy system design.
“For Shoreline Community College, hosting the Urban Solar Camp is an extension of our commitment to lead in programs aimed at sustainability,” said Berta Lloyd, SCC’s Dean of Workforce Development. “Sustainability has gone beyond being a buzzword. Students and industry are demanding education and training in this area and SCC is ready to provide it.”
SCC already has a groundbreaking solar-voltaic design class that this past spring produced 72 graduates with state certification in this growing field. The program is helping meet Gov. Chris Gregoire’s call for 25,000 new green-industry workers in the coming years. Additional classes in solar energy and sustainable building practices are available fall quarter at SCC, Lloyd said.
SCC’s Zero Energy Technology program is under the guidance of Mike Nelson, director of Washington State University’s Northwest Solar Center. “Solar power is viable right now,” Nelson said. “Washington state, through production incentives, has already moved a (U.S. and European) goal of price parity for solar with other energy sources from 2015 to 2008.”
Industry partners include Larry Owens, vice president of NW Mechanical and Solar Washington. “Shoreline Community College continues to show leadership by bringing together key partners in the development of the renewable energy program at the college,” Owens said. “Opportunities abound, and by preparing students for entry into this field, SCC will provide an excellent way to move forward.”
For additional details contact: Stacy Noland, 206.201.2324, director “at” moontownfoundation.org.
by Stacy Noland on 2008-08-23
For Immediate Release
August 19, 2008
Diverse Teens Explore Renewable Energy Solutions at Wild Horse Wind Farm
Contact: office: 206.201.2314
SEATTLE – Most kids know how to plug in a video game, but can they tell you where the electricity comes from that turns on that Nintendo? On Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at 1pm, the Moontown Foundation and Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will team up to give 30 youth a jolt of reality at the Wild Horse Wind Farm in Ellensburg, Washington.
The hands-on experience shows how an active wind farm provides some 230 megawatts of affordable, pollution-free electricity for nearly 70,000 homes in the Pacific Northwest. The participants come away knowing how electricity is created from wind turbines and how it gets from the wind farm to homes.
“Just like it’s important to know where your food comes from, it’s also important for people to know where their electricity comes from. We live in an era when people are, quite frankly, energy illiterate, and through our partnership with PSE we hope to raise awareness of this issue with teens and impress upon them the need to adopt an energy neutral lifestyle,” said Stacy Noland, Founder & CEO of Moontown.
The participants come from several youth development and leadership programs offered by the City of Seattle and non-profit agencies and environmental advocacy programs.
“These kids go home truly understanding why they should turn off the light when they leave a room,” said Lynne Dial, energy efficiency coordinator at PSE. “The more people who understand this message, the better choices they will make as they use energy in their daily lives.”
“We are happy to partner with Moontown Foundation. It’s one of the leading advocates for creating green jobs and career opportunities that can serve as pathways out of poverty for disadvantaged, low-income youth,” says Michael Woo of the Got Green Program.
Noland looks forward to expanding the experience to even more youth.
“This program is part of a larger initiative. By the year 2020, we will have taught more than 10,000 people how to serve as environmental, social and economic agents of change,” Noland said.
The Moontown Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending environmental, social and economic injustice by providing Ecopreneur and Eco-apprenticeship opportunities for youth of promise. Please visit www.moontownfoundation.org to learn more about the foundation.
About Wild Horse
The Wild Horse Wind Farm is located in central Washington’s Kittitas Valley, which has long been known for its vigorous winds. The wind farm is placed on the high open ridge tops of Whiskey Dick Mountain between the towns of Kittitas and Vantage. The project site was selected for its energetic wind resource and its access to several sets of power transmission lines, which have adequate capacity to allow the wind-generated power to be integrated into the power grid system.