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Group installs solar power at Colorado College, Block Plan-style

A group of students, donors and staff at Colorado College collaborated to bring a Colorado College goal to fruition: the installation of solar panels before the college's commencement on May 19. The 25-kilowatt system, enough to power the equivalent of one of the campus' language-theme residential houses, is situated on the south-facing roof of the college's Edith Gaylord Apartments, a site selected for its high visibility from Cascade Avenue in Colorado Springs.

Led by Colorado College junior David Amster-Olszewski, CC students Katie Elliott, Jimmy Singer and David Sullivan; CC staff members Tom Nycum of the business department and George Eckhardt of facility services; trustee Sue Woolsey, vice-chair of the CC Board of Trustees and co-chair of the President's Advisory Council for Sustainability; and a variety of student groups faced a tight deadline. They pitched in and got the job done in intensely focused, driven CC Block Plan fashion. Colorado College created the Block Plan, where students take and faculty teach one course at a time in 3 1/2 week blocks.

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