Environmentally Sustainable Design

Integral to the GWPO effort is the enlightened vision of the Galbreath family and the SSU stewardship of the land. The Observatory will run on power generated on-site through renewable energy technologies. A major goal of the GWPO is to place an astronomical research station, in which we will gain a better sense of our place in the cosmos, amongst the biological and ecological research conducted at the Preserve, in which we are gaining a better sense of our place within our fragile environment.

image of Orion Leland and Dr. Scott Severson

Orion Leland (right) and Dr. Scott Severson (left) inspect the fiber-optic solar concentrator for high-flux solar cell testing. Orion Leland constructed the concentrator as part of his SSU Physics major capstone course.