Written by

Hannah Bird

For Immediate Release

October 10, 2013

HOPLAND, Calif., October 10, 2013 — Students from the Wildflower Open Classroom, Chico will create a human powered sundial at the Solar Living Center (SLC) on Oct. 15.

“This project is so exciting for me,” commented Hannah Bird, program manager at the Solar Living Institute (SLI). “We will be working with the Wildflower Open Classroom’s seventh grade students to create an accurate sun clock on which your own shadow tells the time. Visitors to SLC can enjoy the clock beginning Oct. 16, but these students will always know that they had a special role in making all the precise measurements it requires.”

The students will also have the opportunity to work with cob and other natural building materials and camp on the site.


“They will have worked so hard for us that we have a special treat for them too! They will get to enjoy homemade pizza and stories from wonderful local storyteller Hari Meyers by the camp fire in the evening,” added Bird.

The SLI offers tours at the SLC to schools and children’s groups focusing on the environment and sustainable living.

For more information call the Solar Living Institute at (707) 472-2450 or visit www.solarliving.org.

Media interviews and photographs can be arranged with Hannah Bird (707) 472-2460 or  hannah.bird@solarliving.org.


Established in 1998 by the founder of the Real Goods Trading Company, John Schaeffer, the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, Calif., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit solar training organization with the mission of “Promoting sustainable living through inspirational environmental education. Visit www.solarliving.org.

The Solar Living Center is a 12-acre sustainable living demonstration site that is home to the Solar Living Institute and the Real Goods Store (RGS). The SLC is the #1 tourist destination in Northern California, and has hosted 3 million visitors since it opened. The SLC sees nearly 200,000 visitors each year. SLI and RGS maintain the SLC.


The Solar Living Institute is a 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit organization offering instruction in solar training and sustainable practices.  Founded in 1998, we have been providing professional solar training and a wide array of sustainability courses for 20 years. Our courses are taught by experienced practitioners who bring years of real world knowledge to the classroom with a focus on helping students prepare for job opportunities, start businesses, and live more sustainably.

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