Friends School of Baltimore is pleased to announce that, effective July 1, 2018, the school will power its electricity using 100% solar and wind energy. The school has signed an agreement with CleanChoice Energy, which buys electricity wholesale from regional wind and solar farms and sells it (with no upfront investment, set-up fees, or installation) to homes and businesses through their existing utilities.
The move to renewable electricity was inspired, in part, by the School’s student-faculty Green Club, which earlier this year met with school administrators and trustees to discuss moving away from fossil fuels. (The same group, co-clerked by Upper School teachers Katherine Jenkins and Joshua Ratner, also spearheaded an intensive two-year certification process with the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) that culminated, in 2017, with Friends being named an official Maryland Green School.)
“As a Quaker school Friends has a commitment to environmental stewardship, ecological justice, and equitable use of natural resources,” says Katherine Jenkins. “Investing in renewable energy is an important step in putting our values into action and supporting the greater community through our planned participation in the Maryland Community Solar program.”
As part of its transition to renewable electricity the School will also become an “anchor tenant” in the Maryland Community Solar program to help make solar energy available to low and moderate income residents at below-market rates.
Beginning this fall Friends School families will be able to sign up for 100% renewable electricity for their homes through CleanChoice Energy. Additionally, the School plans to host educational events for the public to learn how they can become active in accessing solar and wind energy for their homes. Look for more information in the coming months.
Now in its 234th year, Friends School of Baltimore is a college preparatory Quaker school serving girls and boys in Pre-K – 12th grade. Friends’ commitment to coeducation is grounded in the School’s centuries’ old Quaker practice of seeking truth from many sources. Simply put, we believe girls and boys gain a deeper appreciation of our complexity as human beings when dialogue is informed by the experiences of individuals across the gender spectrum. For more information visit friendsbalt.org.
CleanChoice Energy is a renewable energy company empowering utility customers to cut emissions and support clean energy through 100 percent renewable electricity. The company buys electricity from regional wind and solar farms in wholesale competitive energy markets and sells it to homes and businesses through their existing utilities instead of fossil fuel-based power. CleanChoice Energy is a Certified B Corporation, a member of the American Sustainable Business Council and the U.S. Green Building Council, and is certified with the highest available rating by Green America’s Green Business Network, the first and largest network of socially and environmentally responsible business. For more information visit cleanchoiceenergy.com.
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