Superintendent John Lavoie
57 River Rd, Andover,
For Immediate Release
Monday, Dec. 11, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
GLTS to Build Solar Lights for Those In Need as Part of Global Movement
Students Work with Liter of Light and Enel Green Power North America on Project
ANDOVER — Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to announce that students at Greater Lawrence Tech will be building solar installations tomorrow as part of a global movement to provide those who have limited to no access to electricity with light.
The event is the only one of its kind in Massachusetts, and students will be working with Liter of Light and Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA) to build solarized lanterns.
Greater Lawrence Technical School, 57 River Rd, Andover,
Tuesday, Dec. 12. Two 60-90 minute workshops will be held during the day — one at 8:30 a.m. and another at 12 p.m.
Through a network of partnerships that spans the globe, Liter of Light works to teach communities how to use recycled plastic bottles and locally sourced materials to illuminate their homes, businesses and streets.
As part of its “Journey of Light,” Liter of Light and the TV show “Lost and Found: Journeyman” are making their way through the U.S., partnering with schools and universities to educate people about sustainability.
Leading renewable energy company EGPNA, a sponsor of this project, reached out to Greater Lawrence Tech to host the Massachusetts section of this trip.
While educating the school community about sustainability, Journeyman representatives will work with students in GLTS’ engineering and electrical shops to build solarized lanterns to distribute to remote and under-developed regions of the world that currently do not have access to electricity.
“We’re honored to be working with Liter of Light on this important project,” Superintendent Lavoie said. “Not only will Liter of Light be providing students with a valuable educational lesson, but we’ll be contributing to such a worthy cause and illustrating how something as small as a solar powered lantern can make a vast difference in others’ lives.”
“We are thrilled to be able to partner with Greater Lawrence Technical School and Liter of Light to help tackle one of the world’s greatest challenges, energy poverty,” said Marcus Krembs, Head of Sustainability for Enel Green Power North America, Inc., which is headquartered in Andover. “Through this partnership we are engaging students through hands-on learning focused on STEAM based learning, while also creating new ambassadors of light who can carry the message and the mission forward.”