When Parker Stewart '21 was thinking of ways to reduce Sayre's carbon footprint, solar energy came to mind. With the guidance of Advanced Placement Environmental Science teacher, Mrs. Debbie Wheeler, he presented his idea of having a solar panel installed on the Upper School’s flat roof. She recommended that he perform an energy audit of the science lab to see how much energy a typical lab uses per day, a news release said. His research included contacting a local installer of solar panels, Synergy Home, to work on the job. Parker put together a PowerPoint presentation for Sayre’s Head of School Stephen Manella with all the benefits of solar and what it could do for the school and the community. After Sayre provided the initial seed money to provide infrastructure and the purchase of one panel, a family at the school wanted to get involved as well. The project now has a total of 30 panels, which are expected to generate enough energy to run all four of the science labs in the Upper School. Congratulations, Parker!
Check out Herald-Leader's link for Parker's video interview and article.