Eco-minded Marymount High School Sees Green

Marymount students have a study session while using solar energy to charge their laptops on a sunny spring day.

When Marymount High School, an independent Catholic college preparatory school in West Los Angeles, launched an ambitious one-to-one laptop initiative earlier this year, many heralded the action as a vital way to equip students and faculty with the tools needed in a 21st century learning environment. Now, they have taken the spirit of the initiative even further by seeking out renewable energy to power student laptops outdoors.
Marymount has installed four self-sustaining, clean-energy producing SKYShades Solarbrellas™ across campus, the first of their kind in the world. This student-driven initiative is the brainchild of Marymount’s Green Team, an active group of environmentally conscious students who regularly lead and inspire the community in its Green initiatives.
On a typical day, the OPV panels on the Solarbrellas will produce 2560 watts (h) — enough energy to power 16 laptops for nine hours each. 
Jacqueline Landry, Head of School, commented, “Installing Solarbrellas enables our students and faculty to take the classroom outdoors. Additionally, reducing our carbon footprint is a high priority for Marymount, as evidenced by the Board of Trustees’ ratification of a comprehensive Green Initiative Philosophy Statement in February 2009.”
Sandy Smith, Assistant Head of School, said, “This project is another example of Marymount’s push to be a leader in renewable energy initiatives and, more importantly, it sets a positive example for our students to be green-minded.”
Marymount has a strong commitment to being at the forefront of new technology and of taking key steps toward stewarding the earth for future generations.

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