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Retired Teacher Helps Peaks Island School with Energy Efficiency

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Retired Teacher Helps Peaks Island School with Energy Efficiency
Posted on 11/05/2015
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At its Nov. 3 meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education and Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker recognized a retired teacher who lives on Peaks Island, Sam Saltonstall, for his work to help make the Peaks Island Elementary School more energy efficient.

“Mr. Saltonstall, from all of us, we thank you very much,” Crocker told him.

Saltonstall is a board member of the Peaks Environmental Action Team and WindowDressers, a Rockland-based nonprofit that has developed innovative ways to scale up the construction of volunteer-produced storm window inserts at community builds. He is a participant in the Collaborative for Island Energy Research and Action (CIERA), a cohort of five island residents who, through an intensive energy leadership program in partnership with the Island Institute and the College of the Atlantic, are working to reverse the trend of high energy costs on Maine islands.

Saltonstall is dedicated to tackling projects involving the updating of the island energy infrastructure. His focus on the school has been welcomed because the school is committed to responsible use of limited energy resources.

Due to Saltonstall’s leadership and his efforts, progress has been achieved. Two island volunteers, an architect and an energy auditor, have completed a generously donated inspection report that could guide an energy retrofit at the island school. A structural engineer has completed a donated inspection and report certifying that the school’s gym roof could support a solar array that might someday power a proposed emergency shelter. The school’s maintenance staff is at work doing some air sealing around windows at the school, and the heating plant’s controls are being adjusted to make the system more reliable and efficient. Saltonstall continues his endeavor to effect substantive work on the school’s building envelope.