The New Day School 501(c)3 is about to become the first net zero energy preschool in Oregon and is fundraising $20,000 in order to complete the purchase and installation of solar panels on the Kishalay building located at 1825 SE Clinton.
History of the Project
New Day School (NDS) began a major renovation project in June of 2018, on two of its three buildings with the dual purpose of becoming more safe and resilient during seismic events, as well as capitalizing on renewable and sustainable upgrades. The comprehensive renovation, conceived of by NDS board of directors and executed by Green Hammer, includes a seismic retrofit and super-insulated, airtight building envelope to create a safe, durable and energy efficient space. Non-toxic materials used in the construction and high-performance mechanical systems promote optimal indoor air quality.
The New Day School has received grants and incentives to date totalling 85% of the cost of the solar panel purchase and installation. This fundraiser will cover the remaining 15%. Any funds raised beyond $20,000 in this period will be used towards the purchase of two batteries in order to store and distribute the building’s solar power in the event of a PGE grid failure.
The 45 kW solar array due to be installed on the roof of the renovated Kishalay building will:
-Generate 45 kWh of power (annual energy use);
-Reduce overall cost of NDS’s energy use, allowing more investment into student's needs;
-Integrate renewable energy use into the school’s curriculum; and
-Serve as a visible fixture of renewable energy use in the community.
As a preschool serving families from many areas of the Portland metro area, New Day School plans to add a storage system which would be capable of storing and distributing local power in the event of an emergency, such as in the case of a seismic event.
Project Timeline and History
April 2017 Project process begins
May 2018 Design settled with Green Hammer
June 2018 Construction began on Mahavidya (1847 SE Clinton Street) building
October 2018 Construction complete on Mahavidya (1847) building
March 2019 - New Day School receives $1,800 incentive from Energy Trust of Oregon to conduct solar feasibility and $19,724 incentive from Energy Trust of Oregon for solar panels
May 2019 PGE RDF grant applied for
May 2019 Construction began on Kishalay Building
October 2019 - PGE RDF awards New Day School $113,500, which includes $36,000 to create a preschool-level curriculum about renewable energy
November 2019 - Construction anticipated to be completed on Kishalay building
January 2020 - Solar panels installed on Kishalay building completing project goal for Net Zero Energy.
The New Day School community is so grateful for your contribution. We have designed the following thank you experiences and gifts as a way to recognize your generous support and sacrifice. They are only open to donors of this project.
$500+ A Taste of India
A vegan, authentic Indian, dinner in the New Day School Gardens in July 2020. Prepared by Didi Atandra, donors at this level will have two seats at this unique, once in a lifetime dinner. Open only to donors, it will be a special evening! Dinner will be on July 25th, 2020, rain or shine.
And New Day School Garden Tour, Kishalay Building Tour, 2 Yoga Classes, and 4 Recipes
$250-$499 New Day School Garden Tour
NDS Director Didi Anandakrsnapriya will lead two different tours of the beautiful and long standing New Day School gardens. Once a parking lot, Didi has created a haven for flora and fauna alike. Donors at this level will have two slots, to be used for one of the two tours. Didi will discuss her gardening philosophy and seasonal approach; the fruits, vegetables, and flowers she’s planted and why; and the history of the grounds. Participants will also enjoy sun tea prepared with herbs from the garden.
And Kishalay Building Tour, 2 Yoga Classes, and 4 Recipes
$100- $249 Kishalay Building Tour
The New Day School will host an open house in the Spring of 2020 to celebrate the renovation project. Before the open house, donors at this level will be invited to a private tour with members from the NDS community and Green Hammer to discuss net zero building structures and the design process.
And 2 Yoga Classes, and 4 Recipes
$50-99 2 Yoga Classes from Jayagiita
New Day School’s Jayagiita will offer 5 yoga classes over a period of a few months to donors at this level. Donors will have two passes to use either for themselves and a guest, or for two classes for themselves. Her classes have a blend of asana (yogic postures), self-massage, kiirtan (chanting) and meditation. Emphasis is placed on the breath and coordination of the breath with movement. Jayagiita was introduced to the Ananda Marga tradition and yogic practices in 1999 and took initiation as a yogic monastic in 2015 after 5 years of intensive study of yogic philosophy and practice.
And 4 Recipes
$1-49 4 Recipes from the Beloved New Day School Kitchen
Parents of New Day School students can all describe the envy they feel towards the fresh, vegan, sentient (yogic diet), hot meals their preschoolers get to eat each day. Donors at this level will receive four favorite recipes from the New Day School rotation.
About New Day School
New Day School (a 501(c)3 non-profit) has been providing Neo-Humanist education in the heart of Southeast Portland since their founding in 1979. The school is centered on a blend of yoga and meditation practice, artistic expression, sustainable practices, intellectual exploration, ethical values and service. The Neo-Humanist curriculum fosters the development of body, mind and spirit, and cultivates the outlook of healthy living and ecological balance. Neo-Humanist education unveils the innate greatness and talents within each individual, strengthens the foundation of ethics, and inspires benevolent action in the world.
NDS’s students spend some of the most valuable and impressionable years of their lives interacting with and caring for the Earth, and witnessing adults in their community doing the same. This sets students up for a lifetime of respect and love for our valuable Earthly resources. Through participation in growing their own food, maintaining worm bins, and school-wide composting, the children uncover the interconnected relationship between their own lives and the garden. This, in turn, helps the children gain confidence, pride, self-sufficiency, and respect for the Earth and the role they play in the vastly interconnected web of life around them. The commitment of New Day School is to continue to improve our school’s campus as an expression of harmony with and caring for the environment, and to continue to foster and inspire the same benevolent actions with those in their community.
Neo-Humanist education teaches the values of efficiency - asking us how we can do the least harm while still thriving and remaining content. It asks us to find ways for maximum utilization of the precious resources we have. It asks us to consider what and how much we need to take, and take no more. Solar panels will further this vision of living, allowing us to take in energy produced by the sun and limiting our use of fossil fuels. The sun provides more energy than we could ever need and as an energy source, does so without releasing harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
NDS’s community serves 70 students between the ages of 2.5 and 7 and their families, and 14 teachers and staff members per year. Through the 40 years of its existence, New Day has touched over 1,500 families, and has become a well-known and appreciated organization in the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood.