The NEED Project

Educating the Clean Energy Innovators of Tomorrow

Investing in

Green Energy Education

Global climate change is a challenge that affects us all. We're taking steps to address the climate crisis not only today, but tomorrow as well by equipping future generations with the education they need. That’s why we've partnered with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project.

Since 1980, the NEED Project has been providing students and teachers with hands-on learning resources focused on renewable energy. Through the NEED Project, Salal Foundation helped provide K-12 students with the opportunity to study topics such as electricity generation and transmission, battery-powered transportation, and energy conservation at home and at school.

All materials are reviewed and updated annually by NEED’s Teacher Advisory Board and additions are made to enhance the curriculum. In the past year, Salal Foundation funding has helped the NEED Project provide fifty K-12 classrooms with solar energy learning kits.

Kits were delivered to schools in California, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington. The solar education kits included engaging topics like “The Sun and its Energy” and “Exploring Photovoltaics,” as well as equipment such as light meters and small-scale solar panels students can use outside.

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the NEED Project

Established in 2013, the Salal Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors and is a 501(c)(3) organization. The Salal Foundation and Salal Credit Union are separate, independent entities, each governed by its own Board of Directors and bylaws.


Russell Rosendal, Director and President

Randy Cloes, Director and Treasurer

Matt Vance, Director and Vice President/Secretary

Dick Woo, Director

Lisa Yohalem, Director

PO Box 75029 | Seattle, WA 98175-0029