With the sharp increase of heating oil prices in Alaska this past half decade, and with no substantial tax base for many Alaskan school districts to levy from, many districts have no recourse to recoup lost resources for educational delivery without considering a cheaper fuel source for heating their schools. A half dozen districts in Interior and Southeast Alaska have successfully switched to burning wood, which has resulted in cutting fuel costs by at least 50%, and in some cases up toward 75%. What community 'capitals' or assets did these locations that made the switch, have? This interview-based research looks at the resulting benefits of these biomass efforts in light of the Community Capitals Framework, which looks at a utility/heat project from the point of view of community development, sustainability, and resiliency.
Nash, A., & Huang, D. (2014). Alaskan renewable schools-burning wood into educational dollars! In Energy Procedia (Vol. 61, pp. 2234–2238). Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2014.12.116