Director of Operations at Sail Buffalo, Captain Pierre Wallinder, has been developing something special along the shore of Lake Erie at the Outer Harbor. An article in Buffalo Rising this month that covers the ongoing evolution of the Sail Buffalo Sailing School mentions the incorporation of solar panels, which were installed by CIR in 2014. The incorporation of solar panels on this site are part of a larger effort of developing an eco-learning center at one of the premier sailing schools in Buffalo, NY.
Along with use of solar panels on site, Sail Buffalo houses an eco-classroom built from plastic bottles, Grassroots Gardens raised beds and a habitat restoration program. With all of these installations on one site, Sail Buffalo has turned itself into a green sailing school that offers a multitude of learning options for all. Solar plays an integral role by allowing the Margaret L. Wendt Sailing and Science Pavilion on the Sail Buffalo campus to stay open all year long. The Sailing and Science Pavilion features radiant heat floors, recessed lighting and generates enough solar power from the panels to power the entire site.
Sail Buffalo’s panels are used for electrical power, but the panels themselves work in conjunction with the rest of the environmental learning installations on the site to promote sustainability and renewable energy use. CIR takes pride in advancing environmental sustainability in the Western New York Community and we are proud to play a role in powering the environmental learning opportunities at Sail Buffalo.