This has been an incredibly busy few weeks for me personally as the semester wraps up. Many things seemed to hit all at once.
The Y Wind & Solar project, after a year of planning and frustrations, finally unleashed and our circle of volunteers widened. I had NO idea just how huge and complex this project would become when I dreamed it up with Gail a year ago and got the $15,000 Community Action Grant to pull it off. Here are two recent news stories that came out to talk about the project:
Roanoke Times - http://www.roanoke.com/news/nrv/wb/243943
Virginia Tech News - http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/story.php?relyear=2010&itemno=306
Here are pictures of the turbine:
Earth Week took place April 19-23 and most of our year-long Earth Sustainability student projects culminated in some kind of activity during that time. These Action Projects were my responsibility for the year and we asked students to do podcasts, have Earth Day posters/displays (see photos at http://picasaweb.google.com/barbarabekken/ES4Cohort3EarthWeekSpring2010#, and we self-published a book of our work.
Pulling together the 164-page book in just a few days was quite a feat, but you can check it out here: http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/earth-sustainability-community-action-projects/10801705
In the midst of all of that, I had to pull together a conference presentation for the regional meeting of the American Society of Engineering Education.
It's been a wild ride, but fortunately things are winding down.