Lummi Nation Schools have installed a 50kW solar project fiscally sponsored by the Lhaq’temish Foundation, a tribally chartered nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and funded by Puget Sound Energy’s Green Power Program customers. The system is an important resource for integrating curriculum with real-world applications, and in time, these technical skills will translate to jobs in clean energy, one of the fastest growing industries in the country.
- The Lummi Nation School serves over 400 K-12 students and their families.
- Northwest Indian College serves over 1200 student annually.
Bernie Thomas, Lummi Nation Education Director, says “Green energy may not yet possess the panacea solution to global warming, but incremental, positive steps like the Solar Project at Lummi Nation School, and partnerships with NWIC faculty, help the tribal member students envisage solutions to incubate and grow. As our students make their way into their individual lives, they understand that reversing climate change is in the hands of their generation.”
For Lummi Nation, the installation is not an academic exercise. Survival as a tribe, a nation and a global community relies on adapting to wildly changing circumstances, including protecting energy and food sources. Energy sovereignty is crucially important for securing the tribe’s future and insuring against a changing climate. This project is only the beginning, but for Lummi Nation, the future is in clean energy!