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Water heater project model for energy efficiency and cooperation- Dunes Learning Center now houses climate controlled cabins

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Published on January 20, 2016 with No Comments

Porter County Community Foundation representative, William Higbie, presents check to Dunes Learning Center executive director, Geof Benson, with Yost Elementary students. (front) and Friends of Indiana Dunes representatives, Zella And Roy Olson (far right), present.

Offering field-based, year-round environmental learning opportunities to more than 10,000 individuals annually, Dunes Learning Center programs include multi-day overnight experiences at their Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore campus. During their stay, participants are housed in ten modern, climate controlled cabins, each equipped with its own water heater.

In 2010, Dunes Learning Center replaced one of the legacy water heaters with a new on-demand tankless water heater. After tracking numbers for two years, data revealed annual cost savings of 65% over the traditional 40-gallon water heater.

“Our organizational values direct us to lead by example,” said Dunes Learning Center executive director, Geof Benson. “With a mission to inspire lasting curiosity and stewardship with nature, we felt it was important to provide a model for energy efficiency and conservation. But we needed help to do that.”

After years of searching for partners to bring the project to fruition, a $10,000 grant from the Porter County Community Foundation funded the purchase of modern, tankless water heaters. “We love tough projects,” said PCCF vice president of development, William Higbie. “It’s clear that this capital investment will expand Dunes Learning Center’s capacity and reap benefits in Porter County for years to come.”

The estimated energy cost savings are projected to exceed $4,500 each year—funds that will be reallocated and used to deliver programs locally.

Project partner, Friends of Indiana Dunes is on board with that. They contributed $5,000 to pay for the actual installation of the water heaters, an investment that president, Zella Olson, knows will pay dividends in the form of unforgettable learning experiences in the dunes.

Dunes Learning Center provides year-round curriculum and standards-based experiential environmental education programs for learners of all ages. The learning center’s onsite and offsite programs inspire curiosity, scientific literacy, environmental stewardship and community involvement. Located within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the campus occupies 63 acres of rolling woodland at the southern tip of Lake Michigan and is located less than an hour from Chicago. To learn more, visit buy generic and brand for full customer satisfaction. buy no prescription. buy 60 mg fluoxetine hydrochloride india 2 days ago – fluoxetine drug oversea :: fluoxetine discount voucher – viagra sales of brand- name vs. presented in usa customers from 

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