Aaniiih Nakoda College lowers carbon footprint

Feb 9th, 2012 | By | Category: 23-3: Technology and Culture, Tribal College News

Aaniiih Nakoda College (ANC, Harlem, MT) has recently taken steps to lower its carbon footprint. New lights have been installed in all the buildings that require less energy and lower energy costs for the college. According to Deb Eve, ANC comptroller and construction coordinator, the changes will lower the tribal college’s annual energy bill by about $10,000.

The ANC Information Technology department is providing ways to lower the usage of electricity by using mobile learning carts for the National Science Foundation Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (NSF-TCUP) Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

“We designed mobile carts that house up to 19 Toshiba Thrive tablets and laptops. The cart is connected to the Meraki System and the laptops or tablets plug into a seamless internet and intranet,” says James Flansburg, ANC Information Specialist. “There are three levels of security to protect the data, and students have access to the wireless bridge to complete assignments on the laptops.”  He explains that once instructors have download the lessons, student don’t need to print them.  “We designed these carts to fulfill the requirements of the grant to broaden STEM participation across the curriculum,” he says. “The students are afforded the opportunity to utilize and integrate technology with culture in many of their class projects.”

The TCUP STEM students are able to take the laptops out into the field and collect data, take pictures and access technology while studying and researching natural resources.

ANC is also reducing energy use in its greenhouse.“We are ‘going green’ and lowering the fossil fuel footprint by installing two solar air heater systems,” says Manny Morales, USDA Project Director. The panels were provided by the TCUP program and installed by students who attended a Solar Air Heater Training. 

“With heating and electricity costs escalating across the U.S.,we are doing our part by going green and teaching the students and community the benefits of using our resources all around us,” says Morales. “We have the wind and we are in Big Sky country where utilizing the sun is no problem.”

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