New Hampton School Puts Commitment into Practice: Installs Solar Water Heater on Dorm

Here’s a little bit more about New Hampton School‘s renewable energy commitment mentioned in the previous post about TABS’s collection of boarding school Earth Day stories and initiatives.

New Hampton, working with Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) modeled the solar installation on the school’s Veazey dormitory on a New England Barn raising.

Student and community volunteers worked together installing panels and plumbing that would begin providing students hot water just a couple of days after installation. The project is part of New Hampton’s school-wide green and sustainability intiative- New Hampton School’s Husky Green Council.

Student workers came from a “Projects in Sustainability” class and appreciated the technical as well as the labor aspects of the project- check out the video above.

NHS Science faculty member and HGC advisor Rebekka Joslin said in a school press release:

“We spent a lot of time talking about this day and trying to learn about solar energy…but it’s really exciting to see the kids working with their hands and learning outside the classroom.” (Solar Water Heater Installed on Veazey Dorm: Solar Water Heater Installed on Veazey Dorm, NHSPR)

The payoff, of course, comes in the form of reduced energy consumption. The colder climate solar thermal system will produce over 10 million BTUs and eliminate consumption of over 3000KWH per year. (NHSPR)

PAREI Co-Director Sandra Jones lauded the NHS students’ efforts.

“There’s nothing like experiential learning and the interaction with the adults is priceless…The student volunteers were really engaged and inspired by the environmental effects of their work.” (NHSPR)

  • Dan

    brian what a great thing you and the teens are doing for the community and yourselves. Not alot of boarding schools out there really do what you are doing and this is tremendous for the teens. They are probably feeling a sense of accomplishment and self worth. Great job and keep up the hard work.

  • Hi Brian – thanks for posting this! It is a project that has really got the students excited!

Brian Fisher

A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.

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