Renewable Energy Alaska Project’s Tour Green program allows visitors to Alaska and tourism vendors to have a lasting, positive impact on the state’s environment and long-term economic future by contributing to a fund that supports renewable energy education at K-12 schools across Alaska. Through the Tour Green program, we are planting the seeds for a sustainable energy future that will help preserve Alaska for future generations to enjoy. Please join us and help spread the word.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
- Benjamin Franklin
How the program works
Alaska’s pristine beauty, remoteness and spectacular wildlife draw thousands of visitors each year which has created a thriving, beneficial tourism industry. But these activities impact Alaska’s wildlife habitat and can negatively affect the environment through the burning of fossil fuel. The Tour Green program allows visitors to mitigate these impacts and help preserve Alaska’s beauty for generations to come.
Through Tour Green, visitors, conference attendees, and other travelers to Alaska donate to a fund that supports renewable energy education across Alaska. For example, Kayak Adventures Worldwide out of Seward donates $2 to Tour Green on behalf of every one of their guests. Each Tour Green contribution goes toward helping schools offer hands-on experiential learning opportunities to their students, and lay a foundation for a cleaner energy future for Alaska.
We can work with your business or organization to set up a Tour Green donation plan that works for you. Please contact Courtney Munson for more information on the program or to get involved.
Alaska Wind for Schools educates students about science and energy by installing small wind turbines at schools and offering an accompanying energy curriculum and teacher workshops. The program is highly dependent on a network of sponsors at the community and state level to get projects in the ground and provide long-term support. So far, six schools have installed Skystream 3.7 turbines with support from Wind for Schools.
The KidWind Challenge is a wind turbine design competition for students in grades 6-12. Students compete in teams against their peers around the state to see who can design the most efficient turbine. The turbines are tested in a wind tunnel and judged based on performance, construction quality, material selection, and level of creativity and innovation. The first annual Alaska KidWind Challenge saw budding engineers from 11 schools participating.
AK EnergySmart is a new Alaska-specific K-12 energy efficiency curriculum developed by the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) and REAP through funding from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. The curriculum is a free resource offered to educators statewide through www.akenergysmart.org.
The Alaska Network for Energy Education (ANEE) is an education and workforce development project currently being developed by REAP and ACEP. The goal of the ANEE initiative is to build a comprehensive energy education network in Alaska that will create an inventory of Alaska’s energy education programs and provide a way for both education providers and consumers to see and understand what is available in the state. Eventually, REAP envisions that ANEE will be the umbrella that unites all of our existing clean energy education programs and allows us to bring complementary programs to fruition.
Support Tour Green today by contributing when you book with any of the following participating operators: