That I can change the world
I would be the sunlight in your universe
You will think my love was really something good
Baby if I could change the world
So sings Eric Clapton, in the Grammy award winning song. Pop quiz of the week: do you know which movie soundtrack this song was recorded for and which year it was released? (answers below)
This week, we made an exciting announcement about our solar project and all of us at school are proud that a whopping 93% of our energy use in the elementary building will be generated by the solar array, a feat that will be unmatched among Boulder County schools. When Clapton shuffled his way onto my iPod last night, it was this step into solar that came to mind.
Friends’ School is not simply interested in tapping into this renewable energy source and calling ourselves done. We very much see this move as one step, albeit a significant one, on a long and meaningful journey towards environmental sustainability. There are some in our Friends’ community who are encouraging us to move towards what is called net zero, a term that describes a building with zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually. Zero energy buildings can be independent from the energy grid supply.
That may be a lofty goal, but it’s one we should strive towards. In the process, our little school will begin to change the world. But we don’t need to wait for the end result for that to happen. In one response that I received after sending out our solar announcement, one preschool parent wrote:
“Please pass along that I think this project is absolutely fantastic! I think it's amazing that Friends' is able to set such a wonderful example and make such a great step. It's inspiring me to take more personal actions, too!”
If the steps we take at school towards environmental sustainability inspire one family, or many of our families, to make small changes, then perhaps we won’t just see the sunlight in our universe, we may just change the world. Thank you for being on the journey with us.
Pop quiz answers: Phenomenon, 1996. How did you do?