New coloring book focuses on renewable energy – Times-Standard


The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is a local government agency that works to develop and implement sustainable energy initiatives that reduce energy demand, increase energy efficiency and advance the use of clean, efficient and renewable resources.

And now, the RCEA has released a new coloring book to illustrate renewable energy in Humboldt County. The “Humboldt County Renewable Energy Coloring Book” is free and available through local schools and via libraries throughout the area. Bev’s Real Kids in Eureka also has copies, and more locations will be added soon. Copies of the coloring book can also be mailed out by calling Redwood Coast Energy Authority at 707-269-1700 or emailing info@RedwoodEnergy.org. A free downloadable PDF copy of the coloring book is also available on the RCEA website, https://redwoodenergy.org.

“There has been a lot of positive reception for the coloring book and it has been dispersed to local schools, libraries, Girl Scout troops, day cares, individuals and businesses. It has been great to see how excited Humboldt County residents have been to promote learning about reducing greenhouse gas emissions while highlighting local and California-based renewable energy sources,” said RCEA Community Strategies Coordinator and artist Neesh Wells, who created this first-ever local renewable energy coloring book.

Wells — who likes to paint, draw, knit, crochet and do embroidery — was very excited to help create a Humboldt County-specific coloring book.

“I have an interest in graphic design, which is part of my work at RCEA, but I do not have a lot of professional art experience,” Wells said. “… This project was a really fun way for me to test my skills while spreading the message about renewable energy.”

Wells said RCEA’s community strategies manager, Nancy Stephenson, has made efforts to increase energy education in new ways over the past few years — and the coloring book came from that focus.

“The idea arose after Nancy and I talked to some of the local schools and the Natural History Museum last May,” Wells said. “A coloring book seemed like an engaging way to present information about some renewable resources in a way that would be easy for folks of all ages to understand. After speaking to a few more teachers in the last couple of months, we realized how much interest there was for the project, so we worked really hard to finish it in time for Earth Day.

RCEA Community Strategies Coordinator and artist Neesh Wells created this first-ever local renewable energy coloring book. (Submitted)

“Kids,” Wells said, “are naturally curious and energy is such a big part of our daily lives, so it is not surprising that kids would want to learn about it. By encouraging kids to understand where our energy comes from and the ways we get energy to us, we help kids learn about our Earth and how we can work towards protecting it. With so many efforts on a local, state and national scale to address the climate crisis, it is imperative we open the discussion to everyone of all ages, especially those who will be most affected by it in the future.”

The coloring book — which also includes brief bits of information on each page — features images illustrating solar panels, hydropower, microgrids, wind energy, electric bikes and vehicles, energy use reduction and efficiency, and even a related word-search puzzle.

“Our focus with the book was to bring attention to the different ways RCEA commits to environmental sustainability while showcasing renewable energy sources and encouraging energy efficiency,” Wells said. “There is a microgrid page that features the microgrid project currently underway at the Arcata-Eureka Airport. The hydropower project is based off the Cove Hydro hydropower site in Shasta County, where RCEA sources run-of-the-river hydropower from.

“For the e-bike page,” Wells said, “we hoped people would relate to it as the trail they love and use the most. The offshore wind turbine page was based off the discussions about Humboldt County being a prime location for offshore wind energy. For the energy efficiency page, I based the scenic window view off Trinidad Beach, one of my favorite places to spend a sunny afternoon in Humboldt.”

Wells added: “There are nine drawings currently in the book. However, the drawings in the book do not include all possible types of renewable energy sources or all of the projects that RCEA is involved in. In the future, it may be nice to have another book that includes depictions of other important energy-related topics, such as biomass or the Climate Action Plan.”

For more information about the Redwood Coast Energy Authority, go to https://redwoodenergy.org.

 



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