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e3 Council Gets First Sponsor for Bay Area School Solar Lab Project

posted Sep 17, 2010, 4:12 PM by Ryan Benech   [ updated Sep 20, 2010, 10:58 AM ]

SANTA CLARA, California – March 4, 2010 – e3 Council accepted a $500 donation from Cypress Semiconductor that will go toward the $50,000 being raised to construct a solar laboratory at Cupertino Middle School. The Solar Lab will consist of a live, power generating photovoltaic (PV) installation and a collection of interactive exhibits that provide an in-depth look at how PV solar works. Once complete, the laboratory will be made available to students and the public to educate the community on solar energy technologies and the benefits of solar power as a renewable energy source. 


“e3 Council members are dedicated and active in supporting education and the use of renewable energy," said Galen Swain, Director of e3 Council. He added, "the support and partnership of corporations like Cypress Semiconductor are critical in helping e3 Council with their mission of creating learning environments and that benefit students and support the health of the planet." 

Cypress Semiconductor's community relations department states, "At Cypress, we believe in winning. And the same spirit of excellence that drives our company forward also drives our efforts to help build strong, self-sufficient communities. Through our strategic investments in solution-oriented programs, we are partnering with public, educational and non-profit organizations to help address the many challenging issues affecting the communities where our employees live and work. We take great pride in contributing to our community by making resources available to those in need of food, shelter and support services and we seek opportunities that enable people to become self-sufficient."

About Cypress:
Cypress, headquartered in San Jose, delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC® programmable system-on-chip families and derivatives such as PowerPSoC® solutions for high-voltage and LED lighting applications, CapSense® touch sensing and TrueTouch™ solutions for touchscreens. Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, including the high-performance West Bridge® solution that enhances connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. 

About the e3 Council: 
Energy, Environment, Education: The e3 Council is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to promoting solar energy and good stewardship of our planet, starting with local Bay Area schools. Membership is open to the public, providing rewarding volunteer activities to help our cause.

For more information, please contact:
Galen Swain
Director, e3 Council 
galen.swain@e3council.org
408-796-4847

Garage Sale Raises Over $750 for Solar Lab Project at Cupertino Middle School

posted Dec 21, 2009, 1:01 PM by Ryan Benech   [ updated Dec 21, 2009, 1:22 PM ]

Community garage sale is the first of many planned fundraising events by the e3 Council to raise $50,000 to complete its Solar Lab project.

SANTA CLARA, California: December 21, 2009 – The e3 Council, a non-profit volunteer group, raised over $750 at its first garage sale with goods donated by members and local community supporters on December 5th, 2009. The garage sale is the first of many fundraising events planned by e3 Council to raise over $50,000 to construct a solar laboratory at Cupertino Middle School. The Solar Lab will consist of a live, power-generating photovoltaic (PV) installation and a collection of interactive exhibits that provide an in-depth look at how PV solar works. Once complete, the laboratory will be made available to students and the public; its purpose will be to educate the community on solar energy technologies and the benefits of solar power as a renewable energy source.

All proceeds from e3 Council fundraising events go toward the group’s mission to create learning environments that benefit students and support the health of the planet.

"The community response to our efforts represents a great example of an organic movement inspiring individuals to participate in a personal way to support an idea that is mutually beneficial to the community," said Director and organization founder Galen Swain. "It reaffirms our commitment to communicate our shared values and our common interests at the community level. Nothing could be more vital than the ideas we teach in the schools that serve us."

About the e3 Council

Energy, Environment, Education: The e3 Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting solar energy, starting with local Bay Area schools. Membership is open to the public.

For more information, please contact:
Galen Swain - Director, e3 Council
galen.swain@e3council.org 408-796-4847
http://www.e3council.org

Garage Sale – Saturday, Dec. 5th

posted Nov 23, 2009, 6:27 PM by Ryan Benech   [ updated Nov 25, 2009, 12:39 PM ]

The first e3 Council Garage Sale is Saturday, Dec. 5th at 17563 Via Sereno in Monte Sereno (near AAA) from 7am – 4pm.  All proceeds from the garage sale will go towards raising funds to install solar panels on Bay Area schools.  Family and friends have donated clothes, appliances, books, artwork and much more! So check out the deals and support this community event that benefits our schools and the environment.

 

For more information: www.e3council.org - Garage Sale

Back to School BBQ at Cupertino Middle

posted Aug 18, 2009, 10:14 AM by Ryan Benech

We are welcoming new and returning students and parents and introducing them to our Solar School project with a Solar DJ, PV Survey and Postcards.  This will be our first chance to get volunteers and donations from concerned students and parents.

BBQ starts at 5pm and ends at 7pm.

Please sign up here.

Directions to Cupertino Middle School

Hope to see you there!

PV Solar Survey

posted Jul 31, 2009, 9:51 PM by Ryan Benech   [ updated Jul 31, 2009, 10:03 PM ]

We're looking for volunteers to canvass the DeAnza College Flea Market this Saturday.  We'll show people 4 pictures and ask them which one is their favorite.  They get to keep the picture and (hopefully) we get to answer any questions they have... like "What is this all about?"  This is where we get to say "Well, we're a fun group of volunteers putting solar panels on Cupertino Middle school, do you want to help?"  You get the idea...

Sign Up Here

Meet Up Here  (Starbucks near DeAnza College)

Resources - Volunteer Sheet, Survey Form

Since we have not yet incorporated (coming soon), we arn't soliciting any donations, just pledges and future activities.

If you haven't seen them, here is our current list of action items for our volunteers and our wish list.

New website!

posted Jun 15, 2009, 5:49 PM by Ryan Benech   [ updated Jul 17, 2009, 10:37 AM ]

Welcome to the new e3Council website, showcasing our 1st project at Cupertino Middle School.  Please give us feedback on what you think of it!

View the Sitemap for more details.


Last 3 Meeting Minutes

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