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Solar Energy Showcase: New Day School

June 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Kishalay building at New Day School in inner Southest Portland is an ultra-energy efficient, healthy space where preschoolers can learn and grow. Thanks to significant energy upgrades and a photovoltaic array generating an annual 45 kW, it’s also Oregon’s first solar-powered Zero Energy preschool. This comprehensive whole-building renovation designed and built by Green Hammer reflects the school’s Neo-Humanist philosophy, which aims to help children see interconnections and develop deep love and respect for all.

Join Solar Oregon at 6 PM on Tuesday, June 28 for an on-site panel discussion with the designers of New Day School’s transformation. We’ll hear about the features that make this space remarkable, the community support that enabled it, and the connection between educational philosophy and sustainability. Tickets are limited, so make sure to register in advance.

PLEASE NOTE: shoes must be removed when entering this event venue.

Laura Squillace, Architect, Green Hammer – As an Architect with over 20 years of experience in sustainable design, Laura is committed to creating buildings that are healthy, regenerative and inspiring. With her design-build team at Green Hammer she finds great joy in collaboratively designing Zero Energy buildings that combat climate change. She loves weaving her interests in resiliency, responsible materials and community engagement into all her projects. She has a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Alex Boetzel, Director of Operations + Sustainability, Green Hammer – With over 30 years of experience in sustainable construction and building science, Alex Boetzel is a Certified Passive House Consultant and has consulted on dozens of LEED, Passivhaus, high-performance, and green residential projects in the US and Europe. He plans and executes Green Hammer’s innovation concepts and technical training and ensures quality control of the envelope, energy, and water systems in design, construction, and commissioning.

Jim Steiner, Commercial Consultant, Sunbridge Solar – Jim is an estimator and educator with Sunbridge Solar, a locally owned and operated solar and battery installer. He is the designer of New Day School’s solar and energy storage systems. He lives in Vancouver, Washington with his family, and has been in solar for seven years. Sunbridge is proud to be a certified B-Corp.

This event is free and open to everyone–RSVP now!

This workshop is made possible with support from the Energy Trust of Oregon.


June 28
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Solar Oregon


New Day School
1825 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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