At the core of the Generate summit are the energy education projects, with the ultimate goal being that the teams gain knowledge, perspective and tools to ensure their projects have a lasting legacy within their communities. We are excited to hear where these projects may lead the students in the long-term! Since attending the summit, several teams have shared their successes:
Charles Spencer High School
This team’s school opened its doors in September 2014, and the team immediately saw room for improvement regarding facility use. The team calculated the potential savings of turning the school’s lights off over night and presented this information throughout the school as well as to school staff and members of central office. A committee is being formed to monitor the program.
Upon returning from Generate 2015, the team connected with Jasper High School to develop programs to educate K-12 students on energy production, consumption and conservation. They have since applied for an A+ for Energy grant to purchase equipment for a net zero portable classroom which will be used in the education programs.
Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School
While attending Generate 2015, this team realized that they needed to take a step back before going forward with their larger goal of retrofitting the school bathrooms. Identifying that their school needed a culture shift focusing on environmental sustainability was the biggest take-home message from the Summit. The team started with organizing an Earth Week celebration to educate their school on environmental issues and followed up with creating a composting space in the school cafeteria called “Compost Corner.”
This team is writing the first chapter of its school’s energy story by planning and hosting an energy education event for Grades 4 – 7 called Energy Around Us. The event will include sessions on energy sources, a game reviewing the energy sources, and a community specific energy story.
This team took the learnings from one of the Projects in Motion sessions and have starting laying the foundation for an eco-club in their K – 9 school.
Medicine Hat High School
These students are the executive members of Medicine Hat High School’s Youth for Environmental Sustainability (YES) club and are focusing their energy on a citizenship project encouraging its city to be more proactive about recycling.
Peace River High
Building a solar heater
Robert Thirsk High School
Leaving the summit with several take-home messages, this team strives to increase their eco-club’s, Ingenium, membership and legacy, as well as researching ways its school can generate some of its own electricity.
Rocky Lane Public School
What better why to inspire environmental and energy stewardship than by keeping it front of mind? The team is researching grant opportunities and fundraising ideas to incorporate energy efficient and waste reduction elements, such as low energy lighting solar chargers and recycling bins, to the school’s new student lounge. In addition to this, Rocky Lane Public has also applied for a grant to add solar panels to the school farm: Rocky Acres.
School of Alternative Education
Research is currently underway to determine the most efficient way to collect rain water and snow melt, which will be used by the school’s plants. This project will stretch across several seasons, and the team is already thinking ahead with a succession plan in place. With several campuses located throughout Edmonton, this team’s project is sure to have widespread impact.
Sherwood Park Next Step Senior High
The momentum the team gained from Generate 2015 resulted in the creation of the Next Step Environmental Action Team (NEAT). The action team hosted its first event on Earth Day 2015 and built a community garden in Sherwood Park.
Sundre High School
This team is all about efficiencies with the goal of reducing water and natural gas consumption in their school. Plans are in place to apply for grants to offset the costs of retrofitting school taps with low-flow automatic taps and faucets.
In order to improve the indoor air quality and aesthetics in their school, this team plans to install a living wall. To date they have done extensive research on living walls, applied for grants, and shared information with the school’s administration and students.