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Udall believes that solar is the only renewable energy source that can realistically “run the world.” He believes breakthroughs in solar technology and storage are required and “appear to be on the horizon.”


LEED certification questioned

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. – To LEED or not to LEED was the question in Mammoth Lakes as town officials considered whether to seek certification of a new police facility under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design process.

Town staff members said LEED certification would cost $50,000 to attain, and argued that the money could better be spent in “product” than “paper,” reports The Sheet.

But Lisa Isaacs, the environmental programs director at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, said that LEED certification is important, because it ensures accountability. Without that certification as a goal, she said, the green elements will be the first ones to go once the budget starts to tighten.


Hispanics now majority

EAGLE VALLEY, Colo. – For the first time in the history of the Eagle County School District, a majority of students — 50 per cent — at public schools are Hispanic.

Non-Hispanic whites are 48 per cent, reports the Vail Daily.

Of the Hispanic students, however, more than half — 30 to 36 per cent of all students — are learning English as a second language, and those students lag behind native English-speaking students on standardized tests, said Mike Gass, director of secondary education.

The highest percentage of Hispanic population is in elementary and middle schools in the mid-valley, at the base of the Beaver Creek ski area. At Avon Elementary, 90 per cent of the student body is Hispanic, and more than 75 per cent speak little or no English.

A dual language program is being used at both Avon Elementary and at nearby Berry Creek Middle School, where 80 per cent of students are Hispanic.

There are also a variety of private schools, both secular and religious, now operating in the valley.


Perfect environment…

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – Mimi Met, a visiting expert in school language programs, says the mix of English- and Spanish-speaking students in Teton County makes for an ideal environment for dual-language education, reports the Jackson Hole News & Guide. The goal of dual-language education is to graduate students who are bilingual and biliterate. School officials who are pushing for dual immersion language instruction hope to get four Spanish-speaking teachers for the kindergarten and first-grade levels.

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