Fleischmann Planetarium shows off green project during free event

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Fleischmann Planetarium BuildingThe University of Nevada, Reno’s Fleischmann Planetarium and NV Energy are offering a free public admission day to celebrate the new wind turbine and solar panel installation designed and built by Black Rock Solar made possible by a grant from NV Energy.

The celebration includes activities and the movie, “Solar Max.” For every person visiting the planetarium on Nov. 5, NV Energy will donate $6 to the program for environmental education to Nevada’s K-12 schools. GreenPower is a collaborative effort of DRI and NV Energy, and provides hands-on teaching tools and educator support in bringing renewable energy, conservation and sustainability messages to Nevada’s students.

In addition, Pine Middle School eighth-graders will be treated to a field trip at the Planetarium and will learn about the new solar panel and wind turbine on Nov. 4.

Field Trip for Pine Middle School Eighth-Graders

  • 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4
  • Fleischmann Planetarium
  • Pine Middle School, a participating school in the GreenPower program, sends its eighth-grade students to test-drive solar-related activities, enjoy solar-popped popcorn, learn about the new solar panel and wind turbine and view the film, “Solar Max,” as part of the University of Nevada, Reno Fleischmann Planetarium’s new installation, donated by NV Energy.

For more information on the GreenPower program or on the field trip, contact Fayth Ross, GreenPower outreach administrator, 775-673-7412 or Fayth.Ross@dri.edu.

Free Public Admission Day

  • 3 – 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5
  • Fleischmann Planetarium
  • Sponsored by the University of Nevada’s Fleischmann Planetarium and NV Energy, this free family-friendly, fun-filled afternoon features the movie “Solar Max,” shown on the hour, every hour.
  • There will also be solar-themed activities and viewing of the planetarium’s new wind turbine and solar panel installation, donated by NV Energy. Specials and discounts are being offered at the Planetarium gift shop and the ASUN bookstore and food vendors nearby at the Joe Crowley Student Union at the university. For every person visiting the planetarium, NV Energy will donate $6 to the DRI GreenPower environmental education program for Nevada’s schools. Parking for the event is free in the University’s West Stadium Garage.

For more information, contact Dan Ruby, associate director, Fleischmann Planetarium, 775-784-4812 or www.planetarium.unr.edu.

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