Manteca Unified’s George McParland School was among 39 across the state awarded a Bright Ideas Grant from Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the utility has announced.
McParland School was awarded $5,000 to help fund innovative classroom projects about energy and the environment and develop projects and curriculum that educate students about renewable energy, conservation and environmental stewardship.
The grant program aims to help support the understanding of renewable energy in public schools throughout Northern and Central California. Grants of up to $10,000 – PG&E awarded $250,000 this year and more than $2.5 million since 2005 – are awarded to educators for educational solar projects; youth energy and environmental programs; renewable energy or science-related field trips; Green Your School projects; and professional development/service learning or work force development programs.
Past projects have included installing solar panels, designing and implementing energy-saving ideas in classrooms, hosting solar car derbies, and other solar-powered inventions, according to PG&E.
“PG&E is pleased to support innovative educational programs that teach local students in our communities about renewable energy,” said PG&E President Chris Johns. “The Bright Ideas Grant program is dedicated to teachers throughout Northern and Central California who are inspiring young people to dream up the next big ideas in sustainable energy.”
K-12 public schools located in Northern and Central California are eligible to apply for the grants through Nov. 1, 2015. To apply, visit pge.com/brightideas.