In a community that has made green energy a priority with the solar feed-in tariff and biomass plant, one small private school in Gainesville is helping to sustain that momentum in the next generation.
Students at Loga Springs International Academy on Northeast 16th Avenue showed off the fruits of their labors this week during a Sustainability Fair, highlighted by a wind turbine they built, along with solar-powered cookers for hot dogs and cornbread.
Last year, the students built the turbine as part of their physics lesson, with help from engineering students at the University of Florida. It can power a laptop, a blow dryer or other small appliances and can be integrated with a solar panel for more power.
“I would say, as a parent, that Loga Springs is a place where students are actually doing, not just being taught,” said Susan Littell, whose two sons have attended Loga Springs for three years and worked extensively on the turbine. “And the sustainability fair was just one example of that.”
Thursday’s fair also featured demonstrations of biodiesel, an electric go-kart partially built by Loga students and visitors from Florida Organic Growers, and the Edible Plant Project.