With initiatives like a solar array, composting for all programs, and super-efficient heating and cooling units across our Durham, NH campus, Friends Forever International is making strides to protect our planet for future leaders.
Solar Energy at FFI
During the major 2016 renovations to the Office, 45 solar panels were installed on the roof by Revision Energy. This array generated an average of 14,578 kWh annually over the last 2 years and has saved 48,972 lbs of CO2 emissions since its installation. In 2018, July set the record of most energy generated in a single month at 1,809 kWh. You can explore more of our solar array's numbers at our Energy Dashboard!
A special thanks to the Josephine A. Lamprey Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Thomas W. Haas Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for coming together to sponsor the panels and their installation.
FFI is moving forward with changes to bring our programs into alignment with sustainable practices. This shows in our programs as we create space for youth to engage with topics like food scarcity, waste streams, and the importance of nature to health.
Food and Us
Where does our food come from and how was it grown? These are some of the questions FFI is helping youth address through activities like gleaning with NH Gleans, gardening in the Peace Garden, and learning about nutrition and cooking with Charlotte from Emery Farms.
A big part of addressing environmental concerns in our programs was facing how much waste we produce and what we do with it. With these thoughts in mind, FFI partnered with Alex from Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) to train participants in waste diversion like recycling and composting.
In the Office, FFI has joined Mr. Fox Composting to divert all our food waste from programs and the office to a local composting facility. This switch inspired us to search for compostable options for single-use products like plastic cups and utensils, which we used for events at the campus.
In 2018, FFI moved to reusable water bottles in all programs and has diverted a huge amount of plastic waste. How much plastic? If every 2018 participant had used just 1 single-use bottle of water each day of their Skill Building Phase, it would have generated over 1,500 plastic bottles!
The future of our environmentally focused programs is based in Belize, where FFI just acquired property along a beautiful river. Learn more about the Diane M. Seagren Rainforest Academy here.
As FFI moves forward, we'll continue to develop our sustainability strategy and address our environmental impacts wherever we can. FFI recognizes the need to protect our planet for the future leaders we work with every day.
To learn more about our environmental leadership or to get involved call 603.397.5301 or email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate to our sustainable goals by clicking the button below and selecting "Environmental Leadership" in the program section.