Since its inception in 2000, GreenPower has been the outreach program for the Desert Research Institute. Funded by the generosity of customers who voluntarily add a few dollars each month to their NV Energy electric bill, 100% of the tax-deductible donations support renewable energy education for Nevada’s students. These donations provide numerous resources for GreenPower schools, such as professional development for teachers, educational materials for Green Boxes, and tools for classroom instruction.
Green Power Program Focus
The program is focused on educating students across the entire state of Nevada. With GreenPower schools in 10 of Nevada’s 17 counties, and more schools being added each month, the benefits of GreenPower are available to any school in the state.
There are currently over 100 GreenPower schools taught the state of Nevada and new schools enroll each month. GreenPower schools receive:
- Access to our Green Boxes, which include hands-on teaching tools with age-appropriate curriculum that focus on science-based, environmental topics
- Professional development including annual teacher trainings, monthly workshops, and specialized trainings such as hydroponics and energy-auditing
- Monthly GreenPower e-newsletters
- Access to the network of GreenPower schools and their teachers
- Priority access to special events and unique offerings
- Professional assistance with special projects
- School Support
Fill out a form to become a GreenPower school.
Desert Research Institute
The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. DRI conducts cutting-edge applied research in air, land and life, and water quality across Nevada, the United States and on every continent. With more than 500 employees and two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, DRI generates $50 million in total annual revenue.
DRI’s faculty members are nontenured, entrepreneurial and responsible for their own salaries from external grants and contracts. This blend of academic rigor and private-sector pragmatism has earned DRI a reputation for delivering rapid, high quality environmental science in a businesslike fashion
We excel in basic and applied research and the application of technologies to improve people’s lives throughout Nevada and the world. We implement this mission by fostering scientific and engineering talent. We apply scientific understanding to the effective management of natural resources while meeting Nevada’s needs for economic diversification and science-based educational opportunities.”
We seek to be the world’s scientific leader investigating the effects of natural and human-induced environmental change and advancing environmental technologies aimed at assessing a changing planet. We will achieve this vision by increasing scientific knowledge and understanding of the earth’s environment, promoting preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible resource management, and improving human health and welfare.”