One student’s question about whether their school could go solar has led to the entire Chisago Lakes School District going solar within several years. “Our students don’t see solar as an alternative energy source. It is the energy source that has powered every building they have ever learned in,” said Pat Collins, a teacher at Chicago Lakes Middle School in Lindstrom, Minnesota. The district has partnered with Solar in Schools, an initiative of Generation 180, a non-profit that inspired and equips people to take action on clean energy. Generation 180 has focused on increasing the use of solar in schools and sees the effects of solar in schools rippling out into communities. Approximately 5.5% of all public and private K-12 schools use solar in the US, with cities across the country joining the movement; New York City, Santa Barbara, Calif., and Batesville, Ark., all have schools jumping on the solar bandwagon.

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