GIVING BACK: The Renewable Backyard

Inspiring children to consider green options.

Building-for-Kids-Childrens-MuseumThe world is a curious place — especially if you’re a kid. That’s why The Building for Kids Children’s Museum, in Appleton, Wis., works every day to answer some of the mind-boggling questions kids might have about the world around them. One exhibit, in particular, aims to explore the world of sustainability, complete with wind turbines, flowers and fields of green grass decorated throughout the displays.

The Renewable Backyard is a place where kids can go to learn more about renewable energy, such as wind, solar or geothermal resources. But the learning tools, like the solar garden or wind flower, wouldn’t have been possible without the help of some local sponsors for the exhibit—including Drexel Building Supply.

“Within the children’s museum in Appleton, there are multiple floors with different exhibits,” says Doug Carlson, VP of sales and operation at Drexel Building Supply. “The Kids Children’s Museum wanted to display renewable energy and the building processes in general for the children. When they asked us to participate, we jumped on it right away.”

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The idea was an original collaboration between two builders, who happened to be Drexel Building Supply customers, in the Fox Valley market. Carlson says the builders worked with the children’s museum to develop the idea; soon, the exhibit had multiple sponsors.

The new idea brought with it a great deal of excitement, not to mention an approaching deadline. Throughout the month of September 2014, workers were busy donating supplies, constructing small houses and other learning tools to display a sustainable world. Even more, workers had to overcome logistical challenges with delivering building supplies under tight conditions. In the end, teams came together to deliver the children an experience unlike anything that was brought to the museum before.

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