Southeastern Louisiana University Sustainability Day

Southeastern Louisiana University's Sustainability Center's Sustainability Day took place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. It was a great opportunity for students to experience hands-on learning. It was evident that the students enjoyed themselves and gained new knowledge. Approximately 80 students, 3 teachers, and 8 parents attended sustainability day.

Community Garden     Carlos explaining renewable energy to students.

   The visit started outside with a tour of several aspects of the center such as, the ponds, community garden, and plant nursery, wind turbine, and biomass demonstration.
Next, the students viewed a PowerPoint presentation on alternative and
renewable energy concepts such as geothermal, solar thermal, solar photo-voltaic,
wind, and biomass energy. They also learned about the 
Sustainability Center's mission and initiatives.

Lighting the flare during a biomass demonstration     Observant students learning about Biomass.

During the tour, the students engaged in hands-on learning by dividing into smaller groups to become familiar with components of a photovoltaic (pv) solar panel system. The students successfully operated a table top fan using the solar panels. The students also assembled a complex wind power model and built a table top wind turbine.

windmill     windmill
windmill     windmill


After successful assembly, they were able to test their turbine against the forces of a high powered fan. They learned that the angle of the blades can affect the direction and speed of the turbine.

windmill testing phase     windmill testing

windmill design and planning     mass windmill production

Tours were provided throughout the day during the following time intervals:

9:00 am - 10:30 am- Southeastern University Lab School

11:00 am - 12:30 pm- Independence High School

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm- Three home-school groups


We are so thrilled that Sustainability Day was a success, and we are looking forward to more schools taking advantage of the hands-on learning opportunity available for their students at Southeastern's Sustainability center regarding renewable energy awareness and environmental stewardship.

 We invite you to contact us today to plan a visit to the Southeastern Louisiana University Sustainability Center, located at 2101 North Oak Street, for a day of fun and learning.  Email us at or call 985-549-5034 to schedule a visit.  We'll see you there.