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Climate Cycle is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to reduce global warming and empower our youth to become leaders in an emerging green economy. We are working in close partnership with the Chicago Department of Environment to help foster proactive climate partnerships among local schools, government, green businesses and individuals.
Global warming is one of the most urgent issues facing humanity. We are the cause of global warming; but also possess the tools and ingenuity to combat it.
Global CO2 emissions reached 6.5 billion tons in 2000, with 75% being caused by the combustion of fossil fuels. Did you know that buildings contribute more CO2 emissions than cars?
For this reason, solar energy systems can dramatically reduce the release of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide that are byproducts of energy use. For example, a 15-panel solar hot water system can prevent 15 tons of CO2 emissions every year.
Most solar energy systems are designed to last more than 30 years, thus the CO2 emission savings over the life of this system is easily 450 tons. Solar energy provides practical solutions to environmental issues that threaten our planet, while providing many additional benefits.
The benefits of solar schools expand beyond the walls of the building: conserving tax money, keeping energy dollars close to home, and making Chicagoland a model for renewable energy education.Illinois imports tens of billions of dollars in energy each year. The Solar Schools Program utilizes local solar contractors and US manufactured equipment whenever possible, helping to strengthen the local economy and enhance national security.
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