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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Camps, Environment, Environmental Education, Sports

Mission: Renewable World Foundation (RWF) strives within all of our programs to provide high quality educational opportunities for youth 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.Engaging these kids with fun and informative STEAM programs is important to get them interested in sciences and technology at a young age.

Results: Since 2008 over 58,000 youth have been impacted by our programs.

Target demographics: youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,770 students in 50 schools.

Geographic areas served: The Midwest: Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa

Programs: In-class presentations: in-class presentations continue to serve as an introductory launching pad for Renewable World Foundation educational programs. Students learn about the types, forms and sources of energy, the related concepts of electricity and magnetism, renewable energy, the physics of power generation, energy efficiency and energy-related career paths. Courses include: introduction to renewable energy; Electricity & magnetism; Physics of power generation; Conservation,Dam tours, Energy camps, Canoeing and Water resources, Isle Royale Education Program, and Summer High Adventure . Time spent teaching courses is donated by William D. Harris, an energy professional and owner of Harris Energy Group,LLC, and subsidiaries Renewable World Energies and Kisre Hydro, a producer of hydroelectric renewable energy. Aneta Rietveld, Craig Olson, June Olson, Mark Rietveld, and Jay Brand also participate in the out- of -class presentations for the Renewable World Foundation.

Outdoor environmental education: Natural resource research projects allow students to study, analyze and report on the condition of their natural resources in the form of a canoe trip down a local river. Students plan an itinerary, develop team duties and conduct various tests on their local environment. Following the project, students report their results to Renewable World Foundation and to their own communities. Outdoor environmental education courses and activities include: endangered & invasive species; outdoor adventure; phenology; watershed; canoeing; animal habitats of Isle Royale; solar energy; energy efficiency.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been privileged to be a school liaison and an adult chaperone for two (and counting!) of the Isle Royale Education Program trips. The planning, organization, outfitting and support for these trips is unparalleled, especially when you consider the educational benefit to the students who attend, and at very little monetary cost to the student! This is not some "let's go camping," recreational trip for the kids or adults who attend -- though make no mistake, we do have fun! This is a life-changing experience for many, some of whom have never been camping or hiking before. Students learn about the ecosystem of this unique location, about the interdependence of plant and animal species and habitats, about stewardship of natural resources, while participating in Ranger-led group experiences, leadership and team-building exercises, and sharing responsibility with one another in the "work" aspects of setting up camp, cooking, clean-up, and carrying their own and group gear. Our students have made archaeological finds, and been able to interface with teams of international scientists who study the populations of moose and wolves on the island. Students also memorialize the trip, through photography, videography, story-telling, and creating artwork -- as well as video production and editing in a solar and battery-powered production tent, that is part of our encampment. They are amazed at the end of the trip, what they have learned, experienced, contributed to and created, in the span of a week!

Sawyer R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got the privilege to go on an Isle Royale trip 3 times. They were all different roles 1st time as a hiker. Second as a student for IREP; and the 3rd as an adult for the IREP program. They gave me the skills and education to fully excel what ever role I played. RWF is a recommended organization to help or learn about physical and natural sciences

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I teach 5/6 science and have the pleasure of having Mr. Harris come in to the class to teach electricity and magnetism. It is always a favorite day of the year for our kids! We are also fortunate enough to get to visit a nearby hydroplant with Mr. Harris. He treats our kids to a solar lunch and a wealth of information! I am so thankful for Mr. Harris and Renewable World Foundation!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bill Harris exemplifies his love of children through his fantastic educational classes he teaches. All his classes are hands on and gets the kids involved in his lessons. He ALWAYS goes above and beyond and gets kids excited about his projects. This is just part of his lessons though. He loves to take kids out of the classroom and see science in action. He has taken my classes on several canoe trips at his expense. He provides canoes, life jackets, breakfast, lunch, and most importantly his time. He values these kids and gives them a tour of the power dam and explains electricity and how it helps our small town. This non profit organization has been extremely beneficial to our impoverished small town. It helps kids see the big picture and that they can be a part of it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with Bill and his foundation for the last several years across state lines (Mi & WI) in two different school districts. My students have always come away with a positive experience. I am amazed by the level of time and energy that goes in to creating this top notch educational program. Having it be at little to no cost to my school ensures that I can continue to offer my students hands-on, relevant learning in the classroom as well as outdoors. I am very grateful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bill Harris has so much knowledge and patience!! Every year he's willing to give more time to students and truly wants them all to be involved in everything he does. It baffles me that this service is not charged for. Great education for the students about the topic and excellent advice for life! I always look forward to having him in the classroom.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I represent two school districts that have been working with this organization for at least 13 years. Bill Harris has consistently done great work with our kids. His classroom educational programs are top notch. The outdoor experiences are one of a kind for our kids. We are lucky to have the privilege of working with Renewable World Foundation!