NOLS: National Outdoor Leadership School Home
Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Home  
  Education & Outreach  
    The Student Experience
    Community Outreach & Partnerships
    Track our Progress
    Live Solar Stats
    Carbon Offsets
    Global Hot Spots
    The Wyoming Range
    How NOLS Is Involved
    Resources & Links
  About Us  
  Contact Us  

Solar Power at NOLS

Though NOLS is a wilderness leadership school, our commitment to the environment is not restricted to the backcountry.

Environmentally conscious frontcountry operations have long been part of NOLS culture. NOLS’ solar roots go back to 1985 when the NOLS Board of Trustees donated two “Arco Genesis” solar panels to NOLS Mexico. These panels were connected to a car battery and used to power the cassette tape player, and the solar program grew from there.

In 2006 we formalized our commitment to sustainability by creating the NOLS Sustainability Initiative and setting a series of carbon reduction goals aimed at both increasing our operational efficiency and decreasing our environmental impact. Electricity is responsible for nearly one third of our entire carbon footprint, so energy efficiency and solar energy production became high priorities.

In 2008, NOLS received its first grant from the Rocky Mountain Power Blue Sky Renewable Energy program for a solar array at NOLS Rocky Mountain, starting a second wave of solar power production to spread throughout the school. The momentum from that original grant continues to inspire and motivate NOLS students and staff around the glove.

In 2013 we celebrated our fourth grant from the Blue Sky Renewable Energy program with the installation of a 23.5 kilowatt solar array on the roof of the NOLS International Headquarters in Lander, Wyoming.

As of 2014, NOLS has solar arrays in nine locations:

  • NOLS Mexico (installed in 1985)
  • NOLS Rocky Mountain (2008)
  • NOLS Teton Valley (2010)
  • NOLS Australia (2010)
  • The Noble Hotel (2011)
  • NOLS Southwest (2012)
  • The Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus (2012)
  • NOLS Pacific Northwest (2013)
  • NOLS Headquarters (2013).

Scroll down to see the live feed of solar production at our domestic locations.

NOLS Headquarters Solar System Live Stats:

NOLS Rocky Mountain Solar System Live Stats:

Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus Live Stats:

Noble Hotel Solar System Live Stats:

NOLS Pacific Northwest Solar System Live Stats:

NOLS Southwest Solar System Live Stats:

NOLS Teton Valley Solar System Live Stats:
Reducing fossil fuel use is central to NOLS’ Carbon Reduction Goals and to part of the core vision of our Sustainability Initiative—to reduce consumption.
Photo: Amy Rathke
NOLS Top of Page
NOLS Home About Us Courses Wilderness Medicine Institute NOLS Professional Training Alumni Store Donate Account NOLS Home Parents Press Room School Resources Photos NOLS.TV Events WRMC The NOLS Blog Introduction About Leadership History Mission & Values Profiles Partnerships Frequent Questions Find a Course Skills School Locations School Locations Leave No Trace Financial Aid Academic Credit Find a Course Skills School Locations Course Types Leave No Trace Financial Aid Academic Credit NOLS Pro Home 1-3 Day Courses 7-30 Day Courses Risk Management Staff Clients Design Your Course Contact NOLS Pro NOLS Pro 1-3 Days 7-30 Days Risk Management Clients Contact Us NOLS Pro Design Your Course NOLS Pro Staff Overview Outcome-based Curriculum Faculty Overview Outcome-based Curriculum Faculty Case Studies Overview Administrative Training Staff Training Consulting Conference: WRMC How to Apply Apply Online Download an Application Admission Policies WMI Home About WMI Courses Schedule FAQ Photos & Movies Curriculum Updates Employment Sponsors WMI Home About WMI Admissions Courses Schedule Host a Course Resources Gallery Alumni Home Trips and Events The Leader Alumni Chapters Employment Staying in Touch Volunteer Photos & Videos Home NOLS Photos NOLS.TV The NOLS Podcast NOLS on Flickr Leave No Trace Overview Leave No Trace Principles Leave No Trace Master Educator Courses Host a Course Contact Map of Events Dream Expedition Leadership Week Press Room Images for the Press Archives