Solar Heater Project

The SR-SIS is sponsoring a solar heater project which is being carried out by Trees, Water & People, a non-profit organization. This project will help Native American families who are struggling to pay their heating bills and will replace “dirty” electricity created from coal-fired power plants with clean solar energy. This project helps families heat their homes in South Dakota where families often spend more than 50% of their income on heating and 
temperatures often go below zero.

The goal of this project is to raise at least $1,500 to build and install at least one solar heater. Your donation is tax-deductible and each $10 offsets 1 ton of C02, or the equivalent of the average trip for 1 to and from the AALL conference. Follow this link to learn more and make a donation and if attending the AALL meeting, sign the pledge sheet at the SIS activities table in the exhibit hall.

What is the Solar Heater Project?

The solar heater project is a project of the Social Responsibility SIS and Trees, Water & People. This project seeks individual donations of $10 or more to provide the following benefits:

1. Provide free solar heaters to Native Americans to help heat their homes. (Many families spend over 50% of their income on heating their homes.)

2. Benefits the environment by replacing heating sources fueled by “dirty” energy sources with clean, renewable solar energy. A $10+ donation offsets the average greenhouse gas travel emissions for an individual to the annual AALL conference. Not going to the conference?  A $10 donation offsets about 1 ton of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to about a month’s worth of home electricity use; 102 gallons of gasoline; or about 2 months worth of driving for the average person.

3. Provide jobs and training for Native Americans in geographic areas where unemployment can exceed 30%.

Questions? Contact Sarah Jaramillo, reference librarian at Fordham Law Library, or 212-636-7005.

Visit the Trees, Water, People Solar Heater Project to learn how the heaters work and additional benefits of this project.

If you’d prefer to give via check, rather than online, mail check to:

Trees, Water & People
633 Remington St.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Indicate “Law Librarian Project”

More information:
Trees, Water, & People Solar Heater
What is a carbon offset and how does it work?
AALL Spectrum Sustainable Law Librarians column article: AALL Meeting in Boston: an Environmentally Conscious Plan
EPA greenhouse gas equivalents