Using Smart Watering Techniques to Teach Tiny Learners

SEARCH Homeless Services, a Houston nonprofit, has a mission of providing hope, creating opportunity and transforming lives. It also runs an early childhood education program that nurtures young children of homeless families. SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures (HTT) provides children nutritious meals, education and intensive art, play and speech therapy. HTT’s mission is to assist families in attaining and maintaining self-sufficiency in order to break the cycle of homelessness.


Recently, HTT received a rainwater harvesting system thanks to an $86,000 donation from Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. The childhood education center will now have an irrigation system, which doubles as a learning tool to teach children about water conservation.

“SEARCH Homeless Services does amazing work in our community, from helping individuals change their lives to making a lasting impact in small children’s lives,” said Mark Parsons, vice president and general manager of Green Mountain Energy. “The Sun Club is proud to partner with SEARCH on its new House of Tiny Treasures school. We are excited for our water cistern donation to be used as a sustainable, educational tool for these bright, young minds.”

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Since its founding in 2002, the Sun Club has donated more than $4 million to sustainable programs focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency and resource conservation in numerous Texas communities and markets in the Northeast. Contributions to the Sun Club come from Green Mountain Energy’s residential customers in Texas, as well as from Green Mountain Energy, its employees and other Sun Club supporters. Green Mountain Energy’s customers are vital to the Sun Club mission of support local nonprofit organizations through solar and sustainability projects.


Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a sustainability grant from the Sun Club can find donation applications available online and can apply for projects under any of the program’s new pillars:

  • Renewables – solar, other renewable technologies
  • Environment – water conservation, air quality, waste reduction, sustainable agriculture
  • Community – energy efficiency upgrades, green commuting initiatives, public space enhancements
  • Education – environmental stewardship, promotion of careers in sustainability

Thank you to all of the Sun Club supporters for believing in the mission and for helping make donations possible, like this one at SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures. Click here to make a one-time, tax-deductible donation to the Sun Club or visit to learn more.