Renewable World Foundation Inc

Teaching Outside the Books

Mission

Renewable World Foundation (RWF) strives within all of our programs to provide high quality educational opportunities in the areas of renewable energy, electricity, conservation, solar, and experiential learning in the outdoors. Working with schools across the Midwest, we engage students with meaningful hands-on, minds-on activities.

Ruling year info

2008

Founder

Bill Harris

Main address

PO BOX 264

NESHKORO, WI 54960 USA

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EIN

39-2068107

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Youth of today need to understand the energy problems they will be facing as adults. What worked in the past will not continue to work, we need to address a changing energy climate by teaching our youth about renewable energy resources and what the impacts of continued fossil fuel usage will have on their world. There is also a need to address the environmental impacts of pollution on water quality and show them through conservation programs what can be done and what still needs to be figured out to preserve our water quality into the future. A third problem facing youth of today is a lack of outdoor programs, leading to kids who just don't know anything about nature and ecology. Many are also lacking the soft skills employers are looking for in their employees like communications, problem solving, initiative, and motivation.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Hydroelectric Dam Tours

Hydroelectric tours of company owned dams to spark questions in student's minds about the future of renewables and how they work. We try to give them a look at real world energy solutions. Many times, if there is sunshine the kids hook up solar and cook their lunch on an induction cooker with their solar energy.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Electricity and Magnetism:Our in- class program is an energy packed session. Students are taught high voltage safety and scientific procedure. Volunteers participate in experiments showing how a Van De Graaf Generator, Jacob's Ladder, and Tesla Coil work. Invasive species control, a small version of the underwater fish fence in Illinois shows how the fish outsmart the fence.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Energy- The benefits and challenges of adding renewable energy sources to our electrical grid are discussed. Generators, batteries, and meters are used to display the power of renewable resources.The students learn how to measure work, power and energy.Photo-voltaic cells, wind energy,bi-directional energy flows, energy metering, energy storage, and energy use by new and old lighting are all discussed and demonstrated by RWF staff in class, The energy bike is a big hit during this demonstration.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Conservation- water quality, runoff, pollution, turbidity.
Day at the Dam- In class energy presentations can be followed by an in-plant onsite renewable energy station tour during which water safety, boating safety, electrical safety, and environmental impacts are covered. If there is time, solar panels are hooked up and run as a team competition.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Students participate in classes focused on renewable energy, environmental stewardship, earth science, and history through hands on activities. They learn to live with a group of peers and experience an outdoor adventure unlike any other while in an area of wilderness. The updated program will be run in multiple wilderness areas to give the schools a broader range of choices and make it more affordable for their students.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

High Adventure - Summer outdoor program that gets kids out on silent sports events like backpacking, canoeing, and biking.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

Energy camps- students set up their own solar arrays and learn how to maximize energy from the sun and conserve energy when there is no sun. Real world failures of the battery banks makes them think about energy, where it comes from, and how to use it conservatively. They stay overnight at one of Renewable World Energy's "Hydro Hiltons" and try to live within their energy means for multiple days.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Canoeing- learning how to canoe and learning lessons in cooperation while out in nature and viewing a river environment and it's plants, animals, and systems.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Certificate Of Appreciation 2013

Wisconsin Technology Education Associates

Conservation Award 2018

Dickinson County Conservation District

Business Honor Roll 2019

Wisconsin Area School Board Association

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Isle Royale Education Program Changing name to Outdoor Sustainability Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Isle Royale Education Program 6 groups per year of 16 youths.

Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Fall 2018- Spring 2019 was the year of snow- lots of school closures and fewer programs completed. Years 2020-2021 shows covid numbers as schools closed .This is numbers over all RWF programs.

Number of program sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Counted as the number of schools, dams, and places visited to be with youth.

Number of youth programs offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Summer HIgh Adventure

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Multiple trips offered each year for High Adventure. Some are 1 week, some are 2 week, some are 2+ weeks.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of campers enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Summer HIgh Adventure

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Renewable World Foundation is attempting to bring back a balance in a youth's life.
Electricity and magnetism- learning the basics of energy, the how, why and what will happen if....? Giving youth a basic framework to add renewable energy learning to.

Renewable Energies- learning about solar, wind, and hydro power and why this is important to the world.

Hydroelectric tours of company owned dams to spark questions in student's minds about the future of renewables and how they work. We try to give them a look at real world energy solutions.

Energy camps- students set up their own solar arrays and learn how to maximize energy from the sun and conserve energy when there is no sun. Real world failures of the battery banks makes them think about energy, where it comes from, and how to use it conservatively.

Canoeing- learning how to canoe and learning lessons in cooperation while out in nature and viewing a river environment and it's plants, animals, and systems.

Water resources, Conservation and water quality- students learn about our Earth's water systems, the quality of their water, how to test water, and what we can do to keep waters safe.

Outdoor Sustainability Education Program- 7th graders learning about our conservation and sustainability while actively participating in a camping and hiking trip to a wilderness area of their choice. They learn about the ecology, ecosystems, and geology of the park or wilderness area. They learn to cooperate with other schools and do everything from camp setup to cooking and cleaning. Soft skills lessons abound when students need to problem solve, communicate, and be motivated to make camp life easier.

High Adventure Summer treks-For students who want more adventure and outdoor skills. BSA Venturing program that allows youth to investigate the natural world without their technology interfering. They do all of their own packing, cooking, sharing, camp setup and exploring nature.

Our biggest strategy is to start working with youth as early as possible, before they become set in their ways. Many of the schools we partner with use a multi-year initiative. Starting with a lower grade level for Electricity and magnetism, building on that the next year with renewable energy and dam tour, then on to Conservation and canoeing resources in a later year. Seeing the same youth over and over lets us get to know them and they want to do their best for us.
The many schools involved with Outdoor Sustainability Education program tend to have youth go on to longer trips with High Adventure in the summers after experiencing wilderness the first year.

All of our programs are experiential, letting the students find their own answers to a problem. Experiments in electricity keep them on their toes while trying to figure out the shocking truths about electrical laws and how magnets actually work. Hearing about something in a book is different than actually holding an experiment and doing it.

Renewable World Foundation's volunteer leaders and teachers give their best towards all the programs they are involved with. Renewable World Energies employees volunteer their time and are the heart and soul of the organization. They believe is teaching with real world experience and sharing their passions and expertise with the youth of today to try and mold them into tomorrow's world leaders.

With many of the Foundation's programs running for over 14 years we have been able to watch youth in 6th grade grow up, go to high school, and start college in a STEM program. Many have told us they got their "spark" from a Foundation program and have gone on to be engineers(mechanical, civil, and environmental) , linemen for utilities, park rangers, welders and pipefitters. Many still keep in touch and offer to be volunteer adults in High Adventure summer trips.

We would like to keep offering schools programming for no fees to the schools as we have done for so many years. As the energy sector and environment changes, we will add in the newest ideas and learning programs to keep up with these changes.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Schools let us know that they need more students per group on our outdoor education programs to make it worth the school's time and efforts. We are restructuring our Outdoor program to be based in multiple places on the mainland instead of Isle Royale as it allows us to add more programs, more students per program, and allows the schools to have a full program slot alone again.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Renewable World Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/4/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bob Gerhard

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