Moraine Park sustainability trailer accelerates green learning in the region

by speitz11. October 2010 09:47

Moraine Park Technical College is paving the way for environmental education in the region through the use of its sustainability trailer. Making stops so far at Dodgeland and Horicon high schools and Waupun Area middle and high schools, the 27-foot classroom on wheels is making students aware of the importance of going green, giving them a glimpse of environmental careers they can pursue following graduation.

“There are endless possibilities in the sustainable energy industry, and Moraine Park is committed to making students aware of their options through this mobile classroom,” said Erin Wierenga, recruitment specialist for the College.

Moraine Park acquired the trailer thanks to a WIRED energy grant that provided the College with resources to train area high school teachers in sustainable energy concepts.

Andrew Brault, science and math teacher at Horicon High School, had just finished teaching his students a unit on energy when the trailer rolled in. “The trailer reinforced class discussions on renewable energy and demonstrated current efforts on using renewable energy,” Brault said.

Wierenga said the trailer has been well received by surrounding areas to help provide green initiative awareness not only to students but to whole communities as well.

Moraine Park is continuing to do its part in supporting sustainability by implementing the use of Green Seal certified products on campus and facilitating the use of reusable mugs in the cafeteria. Most recently, Moraine Park constructed an addition to the Beaver Dam campus using LEED certified principles. Moraine Park is also reducing college-wide paper use, encouraging motorcycle and bicycle commuting through improved parking options and integrating green practices into many of its classes.

For more information on the sustainability trailer, contact Matthew Hurtienne, Moraine Park dean of information technology, at 920-887-1441 or