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Solar sunflower blooms at Harriet Eddy Middle School

Solar sunflower blooms at Harriet Eddy Middle School

Solar technology education is in full bloom at Harriet Eddy Middle School!

Harriet Eddy Middle School students and staff will celebrate the arrival of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Solar Sunflower on campus with a press conference and dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, in the quad. 

The placement of the Solar Sunflower at Harriet Eddy Middle School has a strategic benefit to the highly successful Green Energy Technology Academy (GETA) at Laguna Creek High School. The early exposure of Harriet Eddy Middle School students to the application of solar energy supports students looking at green energy careers and creates a 7-12 pathway for students to look at academies which focus on green energy technology.

Mulch Madness! in McKinley Park

Mulch Madness! in McKinley Park

Grab your wheelbarrow and join the Sacramento Tree Foundation for its last mulching party of the season. Volunteers are needed to help care McKinley park trees. If you don’t have a wheelbarrow, just show up! The Sacramento Tree Foundation will have extra wheelbarrows, gloves and rakes.

Tuesday, September 18, 5:30-7:00pm.  –  look for the mulch pile North of the Clunie Community Center,  601 Alhambra, along McKinley Blvd. 95816

This summer, Sacramento Tree Foundation volunteers have mulched 91 McKinley park trees. Mulch Madness! is supported by the City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department and the Sacramento Tree Foundation.  Mulch is provided by the City of Sacramento Urban Forestry Service.

Visit www.sactree.com/events for more information and to register.

Cool and beautify your home - naturally

Cool and beautify your home - naturally

Not only do trees beautify your home and neighborhood, they can help to dramatically reduce cooling costs during the hot summer months. Sacramento County residents are eligible for up to 10 free trees through the Sacramento Shade tree program, a partnership between Sacramento Tree Foundations and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). Businesses, parks and schools in the SMUD service area are also eligible for free SMUD shade trees.

Sacramento Shade customers can choose from over 30 deciduous trees (deciduous trees shed their leaves in the fall to allow the warm winter sun into your home).

Free e-waste drop off fundraiser this weekend

Free e-waste drop off fundraiser this weekend

What:             Free Electronic Waste Drop off Fundraiser, Participants won’t even

have to get out of their car. Pop the trunk or open the door and we will unload for you!

 

Why:             Our team is raising money to attend soccer tournaments and

helping our environment at the same time by collecting electronic waste.

 

Where:           Joseph Kerr Middle School Parking Lot

8865 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624

 

When: Saturday, August 11th

Elk Grove Offers Innovative Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program

Elk Grove Offers Innovative Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program

Elk Grove, CA – Elk Grove commercial property owners now have better financing options for renewable energy, energy efficiency and water conservation projects, thanks to a new Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program offered by the City of Elk Grove. 

The Figtree PACE program provides qualified commercial property owners with long-term, fixed-rate financing not typically available with traditional financing for energy and water efficiency building upgrades and renewable energy systems.  Commercial property owners in the City of Elk Grove are now eligible to apply for PACE financing. 

Special Waste Collection Center Groundbreaking Planned for June 21

Special Waste Collection Center Groundbreaking Planned for June 21

Elk Grove, CA – From old TV sets and computer monitors to paint cans and batteries, most of us have items in our garage or home that are considered household hazardous waste.

The City of Elk Grove is beginning construction of a new facility that will allow residents to dispose of household hazardous waste locally.  On June 21, City officials will break ground on a $4.6 million Special Waste Collection Center located at 10401 Grant Line Road. 

The Special Waste Collection Center is scheduled to open in May of 2013.  When open, the facility will accommodate typical household hazardous wastes and recyclables like antifreeze, batteries, cooking oil, used motor oil, fluorescent light bulbs, pharmaceuticals, gasoline and electronic waste. 

Currently Elk Grove’

Monterey Trail High School wins two grants to develop solar powered project

Monterey Trail High School wins two grants to develop solar powered project

Monterey Trail High School’s Design and Technology Academy (DATA) has been selected as a recipient of a $5,000 Sacramento Municipal and Utility District (SMUD) Energize Minds for Solar Design grant, as well as a $500 Region 3 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Service-Learning Initiative After School mini-grant from the Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE).

The DATA program will use the grants to implement the new “Don’t Trash the Trail” program at Monterey Trail and to further develop a solar powered trash compactor.  The “Don’t Trash the Trail” program focuses on educating the school population on the importance of environmental issues. The solar powered trash compactor, which is one-third of the program, is being developed to encourage students and staff to dispose of their trash properly.  Two of Monterey Trail’s recent graduates, James Reede and Gera Groshev, wrote the successful grant proposals.