Solar Schools - Brighter Future
Solar Schools - Brighter Future was initiated in 1999, and shows shining examples of renewable energy (RE) use at schools around the world. It was launched by ISES as part of the Earth Day 2000 world-wide celebration.
As global warming, increased air pollution and environmental degradation become increasingly critical, positive examples are needed to show what can be done to address these problems now, starting at a local level. Schools are ideal teaching tools that can be used to implement RE projects that can enhance awareness among children, teachers, the community and also decision-makers at all levels. Examples can show how to move from non-renewable, high polluting fossil fuels to an energy future based on clean, sustainable energy.
This project aims to demonstrate the long-term importance of teaching the youth about sustainability, and designing schools to be environmental teaching tools. The schools mentioned in the first publication, available as an attachment, are a few excellent examples of schools through out the world that are implementing various forms of RE - not only to save energy costs, but with a long-term vision to help save our planet. These solar energy systems range from small photovoltaic systems for one-room schools in South Africa to large, 15,000 square meter schools in the United States that use natural daylighting for the majority of lighting needs.
Recognizing that solar schools will mean a brighter future for the world, this project was initiated by Innovative Design, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. The company remains a primary partner in the project. The intention is to continue the project, also with the support of many ISES National Sections, which will participate at a local level, with ISES Headquarters coordinating the efforts and the international competition for school children.
The project is unfortunately delayed due to a lack of sponsorhip. If you are interested in supporting the project or implementing it at a local level please contact the ISES Project Coordinator to discuss possibilities in this regard.