EAT Club Addresses Solar Panels at CUSD Board Meeting

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EAT Club Addresses Solar Panels at CUSD Board Meeting

Junior Daniel Goodin proposes a solar panel idea to the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees. EAT Club had previously gotten an online petition signed, headed by President Russell Tran,  to install solar panels at schools across the district.

Junior Daniel Goodin proposes a solar panel idea to the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees. EAT Club had previously gotten an online petition signed, headed by President Russell Tran, to install solar panels at schools across the district.

Alyssa Mitchell

Junior Daniel Goodin proposes a solar panel idea to the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees. EAT Club had previously gotten an online petition signed, headed by President Russell Tran, to install solar panels at schools across the district.

Alyssa Mitchell

Alyssa Mitchell

Junior Daniel Goodin proposes a solar panel idea to the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees. EAT Club had previously gotten an online petition signed, headed by President Russell Tran, to install solar panels at schools across the district.

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Russell Tran and Daniel Goodin, juniors of the Ecology Action Team (EAT) club represented SJHHS at the CUSD board meeting on August 17, regarding the future of solar panels at SJHHS.

SJHHS EAT club members were not only there supporting SJHHS, but San Clemente High School, Tesoro High School, and Dana Hills High School as well.

The board meeting addressed the on going topic of solar panels for CUSD high schools, to help save energy costs and become more of an eco-friendly campus.

“Each of us gave a different speech about solar, the introduction, who we are, the benefits of solar, education benefits, and a conclusion,” said Club President Russell Tran, who introduced the subject at the board meeting.

The board members were receptive to what the students had presented and were even inspired by their dedication and knowledge of renewable energy for the four CUSD high schools.

EAT club had gathered 1,438 signatures for their online petition, which had started in March, to bring solar panels to our schools.

Kyoto USA, a non profit organization has aided the club in finding different funding mechanisms to pay for costs, “including prop 39 funds, low interest funds from the California Energy Commission, general obligation bonds, and clean renewable energy bonds,” Tran said.

Not only would solar panels help save energy when school isn’t in session, it also would have educational benefits such as corporate technology into STEM curriculum and community engagement with sustainability.

The future for solar panels is bright for SJHHS. The board still has to make a decision on whether or not they will be passed, but there is a chance of likelihood.

Audio from the board meeting regarding the solar panels is on CUSD.org.

 

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