In celebration of Earth Day, the Floyd County Conservation in Rockford, Iowa held a Green Energy Open House on Monday, April 22, 2013. The open house invited people from all over Iowa to come in and learn about the Floyd County Conservation and its movement to provide information on wind and solar energy production. With the help of a Technology Demonstration and Education Grant provided by the Iowa Energy Center, the conservation implemented a Green Touchscreen so that visitors can learn more about the conservation and understand more about renewable energy.
Some of the Green Touchscreen features include a virtual tour of the conservation in addition to a “Live Data” tab showing the green features of the conservation, such as the wind turbine and solar panels. An online version of all the Green Touchscreen features was also developed.
“This system allows kids and adults to see how our wind turbine and solar panel saves us energy,” said Laura Elfers, member of the Floyd County Conservation Board and naturalist at the Floyd County Conservation. Throughout the open house, staff members led guests around the conservation and answered questions while also providing information on the importance of renewable energy. Despite the chilly and rainy weather, visitors went outside to learn more about the solar array and wind turbine.
The Floyd County Conservation hosts many tours for schools as well as nearby colleges. Ms. Elfers considers the touchscreen to be a vital source of information for touring students and showcasing the conservation’s mission of educating the public about the importance of conserving our natural resources.