Nov. 5, 2012
-- John Baisden is currently the Senior Executive VP at Turning Winds Academic Institute. The institute is located in Montana and serves as a private boarding school for troubled youth. At Turning Winds, students are given the attention they deserve so that they can take control of their lives and live in a positive and mature manner. John Baisden loves the work he does at the institute and does his best every day to make sure the school stays true to its mission.
Turning Winds would like to recognize the impact that a decision John Baisden made has had on the institute and everyone there. The decision to install solar panels on the property has become a very worthy investment. The panels now provide a majority of the energy that the school requires on a daily basis. They have also spurred an increased interest in the students for alternative energy. Environmentalism and green energy are much more impactful to students at Turning Winds because they benefit directly from it.
Without the solar panels, the school would have to continue paying utility companies for its energy needs. Most of the energy in the US comes from coal, which is a limited fossil fuel and a pollutant. John Baisden has always pushed for Turning Winds to move towards sustainability and reducing waste. The solar panels were a major part of this drive. They have worked out fantastically since being installed. The staff and students are appreciative and encouraged by the success of the solar energy.
Ultimately, John Baisden's solar panels help the school to operate on a daily basis. More importantly they help to bring a daily discussion and recognition of the choices we have as a people and a nation for where we get our energy from. Asked about how he sees the panels contributing, John Baisden said, "I think having the panels right in the open is a great way to show visitors, students, and staff that green energy is completely viable. Our children are our next leaders and we need them to see that it is a viable source of energy and they need to push that in their communities when they get older."