PV panel manufacturer SANYO North America Corporation and the Miyako Hybrid Hotel will offer learning sessions for 108 fifth-grade students from Arlington Elementary School this Friday Nov 4. The classes will be held at the hotel and combine the environmental and clean energy sessions offered by SANYO as part of the Panasonic Kids School Eco Learning Program. There will also be a tour of the hotel’s environmental and sustainable business practices including a solar installation on the roof.
“Our school and students are excited to be part of the hands-on class and tour,” said Vicki Hath, principal of Arlington Elementary School. “We teach the concepts of sustainability, but to be able to bring our kids to a site that emphasizes it in daily operations will be a treat and a memorable experience for our students.”
The Panasonic Kids School that SANYO will provide is entitled “Energy creation and Energy Storage to Change Our Future,” with the focus on clean energy generation sources, such as solar, and storing energy via rechargeable batteries to offer a positive impact on future environmental issues. The class will feature hands-on experiments for the students including a solar model car race and the use of a portable solar charger to recharge batteries, demonstrating the power of the sun.
“Providing students with an opportunity to get out of the classroom and see first-hand how clean energy technologies are playing a role in a environmentally sustainable future is important in helping more people understand the need to switch from limited resources to renewable sources of energy,” said Masami Murata, president of SANYO North America Corporation. He added, “While we are actively aiding schools across the country in educating people about the value of solar and other renewable sources of energy, working with partners like Miyako Hybrid Hotel offer more value as the students learn about the concept and also are able to see the concept in action.”
In addition to the class, the Miyako Hybrid Hotel will introduce some of its environmental and sustainable efforts, such as its energy-efficient lighting and water-saving fixtures. The hotel will also have the students visit the roof to see installed the solar panels as part of the hotel’s commitment to focusing on environmental issues and to demonstrate the benefits of clean electricity generated by the sun.
“At Miyako Hybrid Hotel, we are doing what we can right now to provide a sustainable future for the next generation, by employing clean energy generated by solar panels to power energy-efficient lighting, as well as conserving other resources, such as water,” said Cherie Davis, general manager of the Miyako Hybrid Hotel. “Combining with a company like Panasonic/SANYO to provide a hands-on demonstration of these types of technologies helps students understand that this is not some far-off technology, but that it is available here and now. We look forward to expanding this opportunity to other schools throughout Torrance and the South Bay.”
The Miyako Hybrid Hotel was awarded a LEED Silver Level certification in February 2010 in recognition for its green and environmentally responsible practices.