As part of the Utah Lake Initiative, Renewable Energy Innovations has committed to build an Environmental Education Center. The facility will demonstrate how these technologies work together, educate the public about sustainable technologies and encourage personal environmental responsibility and stewardship.
The EEC is envisioned to be a destination, with many different functions to serve the community. It will have lab space for local universities and on-going environmental studies with direct access to the Utah lake.
The Center will be a place where people will want to come, old and young to have fun and learn. It will include conference facilities for corporate events and wedding venues with beautiful views of the Utah lake.
Coming in 2020!
Part of the purpose of this facility is to show how we can bring together many different technologies to address some of the environmental problems we have today. We will show how we can use technology to solve many of these issues in a sustainable manner.
The EEC will also be interactive displays and areas to promote environmental education in a variety of areas. For example:
Here you will be able to explore the functions and values of various types of wetlands. See how various types of human activities may negatively affect the wetlands and experiment with methods that can help conserve and protect them in this interactive display. This can also be tied to a walking tour of the wetlands outside of the facility.
Watershed and Nonpoint Sources
This area provides hands-on, interactive demonstration of the sources and effects of water pollution -- and allows you to demonstrate ways to prevent it. Easily demonstrate how storm water runoff carries pollutants through the watershed to a pond, lake, river, bay, or ocean – and the best management practices to prevent this type of pollution from occurring.
Drinking Water and What is a Wastewater Treatment Center?
Here we will trace the path of the water we use in our communities and in our personal lives. Water is drawn from a river and enters the water treatment plant processes -- clean water is delivered for residential and commercial uses -- wastewater is sent for treatment -- treated water returned to irrigation, river or to the Utah lake. There will also be a section on biosolids, septic tanks and stormwater, that children will be able to understand. A scheduled tour of a local waste water treatment facility might also be available.
How Can We Generate Clean - Renewable - Sustainable Green Power?
We will explore together the power of the sun and ways to capture its energy and use it as this facility does. Solar demonstrations, including storing power to use when it is needed will be available.
What Do You Do With Hazardous Materials?
Explore what happens when hazardous materials and waste are improperly discharged, disposed or accidentally spilled on the land -- and ways to clean up and prevent this from happening. From underground storage tanks and illegal dumping to transportation and household/residential and commercial practices...
Why Recycle and Where Does Our Trash Go?
(Waste Management - Landfill - Recycling)
Demonstrates proper waste management practices and how they are designed to prevent harm to the groundwater, surface water and air. Explore a modern landfill design in contrast to old,or illegal dumps. Simulations demonstrate what can be done with the landfill gas. A scheduled tour of a local transfer station or landfill facility might also be available.