About SolarQuest™

Education for Sustainability


      • 1996 - 1998: SolarQuest™ was conceived as a solar energy and climate change education program during a graduate research project in Social Ecology at Goddard College (1996), and established as an educational service program of EcoSage Corporation in 1998.
      • 1998 - 2001: SolarQuest™ collaborated with the President's Million Solar Roofs Initiative (Clinton Administration) to install solar (photovoltaic) energy systems to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in American public schools. Solar energy systems were installed throughout the northeast and mid-west.   
      • 1999: SolarQuest™ co-sponsored the President's Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD) National Town Meeting (NTM) for a Sustainable America (Detroit, MI) and the NTM Youth Roundtable, representing the Voice of American for the 21st Century.

      • 1999 - 2000: SolarQuest™ co-sponsored Village Power 2000, a White House Millennium Council project to install solar (photovoltaic) energy systems in community centers, schools, libraries, medical facilities and orphanages in remote areas of Africa (Uganda and Tanzania) in partnership with the Republic of Uganda and Solar Lights for Africa. 

      • 1999 - 2001, SolarQuest™ provided technical assistance and human capacity building services for African energy ministers in collaboration with the Department of Energy US/Africa Energy Ministerial Meeting and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).   


      • 2000 - 2001: SolarQuest™ established the first "deep-rural" solar-powered telecenter, educational telecenter under the G-8 mandate for universal service in the Amazon Rain Forest (Republic of Bolivia) in collaboration with the White House Millennium Council and American Electric Power, and provided technical assistance to the HP World e-Inclusion program.

      • 2002 - 2005: SolarQuest™ participated in the development and implementation of national-scale, deep-rural, solar-powered information and communications technologies for development (ICT4D) programs in collaboration with non-governmental and government agencies, private industry, and international donor agencies in Honduras, Guatemala, Venezuela, Bhutan, Ecuador and Peru.

      • 2002 - 2008: SolarQuest™ worked in the Province of the Galapagos (Ecuador) in collaboration with the e8 Network for Expertise on the Global Environment, United Nations Foundation, United Nations Fund for International Partnerships, United Nations Development Programme, and the Government of the Republic of Ecuador to re-power Galapagos Islands with renewable energy technologies, and to provide technology education reform for Galapagos public schools. The Renewable Nations Institute was conceived by SolarQuest™ and supported by the United Nations as a proposed global extension of the Renewable Energy Applications Laboratory (REAL) of the Galapagos Archipelago, and developed under contract with the United Nations Development Programme (2006-2008).


      • 2008 - 2013: SolarQuest™ worked in collaboration with the University of North Texas (Denton, Texas) and Global Challenge (Stowe, Vermont) on a $1.5 million three-year National Science Foundation (NSF)grant - Middle Schoolers Out-to-Save the World (M-SOS-W) - designed to improve cognitive development and change attitudes about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.  M-SOS-W is based on the adaptation of the SolarQuest™ Productivity-centered Service-learning (PCSL) pedagogy and was funded under NSF grant #DRL-083376. 


      • 2011 - 2014: SolarQuest™ is planning the launch of the Renewable Nations Institute™, a challenging academic program designed to leverage America's high performing undergraduate and graduate students in study abroad mission to support national transition planning for developing countries to transition to a low-carbon economy.

      • 2014: SolarQuest™ is launching the Carbon Research Collaborative, a Climate Action Education Action-based Research program. SolarQuest™ is partnering with iGlobe, Inc. (Franklin, New Hampshire) to provide low-cost, flat-screen Digital Video Globe (DVG) Technologies for the Carbon Research Collaborative.

      • 2014: SolarQuest™ is now operating as a program of The Global Challenge Awards, Inc. and is currently reorganizing as a Low-profit Limited Liability Company to take advantage of the Vermont Small Business Offering Exemption.    


PHOTO: Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson (center) with Delegateion of African Energy Ministers (1999).