The Mahtomedi High School Eco Club received the 2012 President’s Environmental Youth Award on June 5 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its work on the Zephyr Wind Project. The award recognizes one outstanding project from each of 10 regions in the United States that demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship by our nation’s youth.
The Eco Club rallied community support for a 10 kW wind turbine that was built on the school’s athletic field. The turbine provides power for the field’s lights, scoreboard and concession stand and serves as an educational tool for the school and community. The turbine was funded in part by a grant administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce and made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
“Students from the Eco Club were a driving force in fundraising and increasing awareness about the wind turbine,” said Jeff Ledermann, Eco Club advisor. “Students staffed several local events to educate the community about the project, reaching hundreds of people. They demonstrated their knowledge of renewable energy and let the community know that this project would provide a lifelong educational opportunity. That made fund-raising a much easier sell.”