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Colorado's Wind for Schools Project Honored with a Wirth Chair Award

April 3, 2012

Colorado's Wind for Schools project will be honored with a Wirth Chair Award on April 25 for its work in integrating wind energy into classrooms throughout the state.

Since 2009, the Colorado Wind Application Center at Colorado State University and the Colorado Governor's Energy Office have selected nine rural schools to participate in the Wind for Schools project: Arriba-Flagler Consolidated School District High School in Flagler, Burlington High School in Burlington, Kit Carson High School in Kit Carson, Stratton High School in Stratton, Walsh High School in Walsh, and Wellington Middle School in Wellington, Ponderosa High School in Parker, Nederland Middle/Senior High School in Nederland, and Park County RE-2 School District in Fairplay.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America initiative, based at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has helped to launch the Wind for Schools project in 11 states (Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Alaska, Arizona, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) to address workforce development needs and public resistance to wind energy deployment.

This year marks the 13th anniversary of the Wirth Chair Awards and will celebrate the "Creators of a Sustainable Future." Recipients include The Colorado Foundation for Water Education, Veterans Green Jobs, the Denver Sustainability Park, the Colorado Alliance of Environmental Education, and the late David Getches, former dean of the University of Colorado School of Law.

The Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver is named for former U.S. Senator and Undersecretary of State Timothy E. Wirth and honors environmental and sustainable development achievements across Colorado.

Get more information about the Wind for Schools project.

—Julie Jones