SOLTREKKER

Rating: 5 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Education, Environment

Location: 1912 NE Killingsworth Street Portland OR 97211 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have had very positive experiences with this organization. Coming from Germany, where solar is very common because of the financial incentive, I was surprised to find so much enthusiasm for renewable energy because of environment reasons here in the U.S. The leadership at SolTrekker really is at the front of that enthusiasm and passion. While building the bus from a old RV shell, they were very committed to research and installing the most sustainable building materials available, not just to the idea of being green, but to put it into practice. I feel sure that the free education they do at schools without much money is helping to make the students more educated about conservation and efficiency and inspiring them to make actions that will provide solutions to climate change and environment destruction.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing them educate many people about how to create a more sustainable system by using conservation, efficiency and renewable energy.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They have a very hopeful message that put attention on the solutions to environment problems.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very giving and very open to listen

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

SolTrekker is an impressive organization that is driven by big hearts, an ambitious vision, and a genuine passion for connecting people, education, and environment.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my students gain a greater understanding of environmental concerns and the role that individual action plays in making a change.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the excellent, dedicated staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have been totally impressed with the vision and passion of SolTrekker volunteers and staff to run such an inspiring and creative educational program for youth and adults. The need to change our ways in order to save the environment is clear, and SolTrekker is making an impact. I have toured the RV and talked many times with Ty Adams whose vision and leadership I appreciate so much.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing the story of its origins from the oil fields of Montana to the cloudy days of Oregon. The connection with the students in an enterprise through the solar waffle cart is outstanding, and I understand there is more to come.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to invest--I'd love to hear the students reflect on their experience.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Sustaining a leadership and financial base.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I interviewed Ty and he was a knowledgable and helpful person. He told me about his organization. He tours and instructs children from low-income and diverse student populations about renewable energy and environmental sustainability in our public school system. This is a socially responsible non profit and they deserve our support.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Greatly expand it's educational mission. They could continue to expand public consciousness about the benefits of solar energy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I was fortunate enough to be part of a small tour, led by Ty Adams, of the SolTrekker RV. We were guided through all of the intricate details of how they refurbished the RV to be powered by solar energy, including insulating with old blue jeans! They are clearly passionate about what they do, and serious about imparting what they've learned and making it accessible to all, including kids. I have not gotten a look yet at their waffle cart, but I am pleased at this new venture they have created in order to bring in more funding. They are so creative!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a tour of their refurbished RV.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

??

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their creativity, energy (no pun intended!) and innovation.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Thoughtful, enthusiastic and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save the world, literally.

Ways to make it better...

??

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding/money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

SolTrekker is an admirable non-profit in that it founds its mission in awareness and education. With the aim of making renewable sources of energy more accessible to individuals of all social classes, the organization strives to educate those in need. Ty has gone to great lengths to promote sustainability by incorporating visual examples (such as the sustainable bus and its individual functions) for students and adults. Also, the goals remain particularly precise, in that the local community remains the highest priority.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with Ty Adams. He's an incredibly sophisticated outside-the-box thinker and remains humble despite his leadership position.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I joined SolTrekker to assist in helping others become more aware of renewable energy and its potential to help solve the challenges of climate change and resource wars. I think the biggest strength of the organization is that it is unique and generates a lot of attention and inspiration. I'd say the biggest challenge of the organization is fundraising.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping to educate hundreds of local students about sustainability and renewable energy at no cost to them or their schools.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure a stable source of service-based revenue first before diving in too deeply to program creation and expenditures.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the camaraderie of the leadership team and their genuine desire to help make the community a better place.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, inspiring and extremely generous with their time and resources

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

educate tens of thousands of tomorrow's leaders in how to create a more peaceful and sustainable human culture through the use of renewable energy, and assist tens of thousands of adults in employing renewable energy toward those ends today.

Ways to make it better...

I would have had more free time to participate in a greater capacity.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Fundraising

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Help students gain experience working in food service industry and in customer service. Great non-profit, help the environment and students.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting students work experience which has lead to jobs.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hardworking and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

promote green energy to a much larger audience and help many more students gain job experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

This organization does amazing things. While I've been involved in many background things, the partnership with PPS has been invaluable. SolTrekker inspires people to be more sustainable!! This organization has provided invaluable lessons and education to my students and they are really moving forward with their goals due to their work and interactions with SolTrekker. We never would be where we are without it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with my students. My students are reaching their goals due to their extensive work with SolTrekker.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

SolTrekker, with its beautiful fully-renewable eco-RV, combines the best of both worlds for students and teachers: It provides the excitement of a field trip, with presentations that students love. And it brings that excitement to the school door, dramatically simplifying logistics (and reducing costs!) for teachers and schools. The simplicity and elegance of seeing renewable technology in such an accessible way touches students deeply, and gives them a learning experience that they will carry forward.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the creativity of applying renewable technology -- which can sometimes feel exotic -- to the traditional familiarity of an educational RV. It opens minds.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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