Dear Friends in Ward 7:
Environmental issues seem to be everywhere these days, and an educated, scientific approach to dealing with these issues starts in the classroom.
It is with this in mind that I am thrilled to announce that the electricity supplied to my campaign office is now carbon neutral – thanks to our partnership with Bullfrog Power!
Please read my thoughts below on opportunities that I see for real world environmental education.
Public School Trustee Candidate
Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain
Environmental Education In Hamilton’s Public Schools
With a background in science (I have two science degrees), and an interest in environmental issues, I am very motivated to introduce new ways of teaching environmental issues in the classroom.
One of these ways would be to work to install green energy generating capacity into our existing schools.
Solar electricity, solar heating and geothermal heating and cooling are all options that could easily be retrofitted to existing school buildings.
Along with generating green energy, modern technology gives us many new tools for monitoring current energy usage.
Currently, the HWDSB does not have a comprehensive strategy for monitoring energy consumption in its schools.
I would work to change this. If you don’t know how you are using electricity or natural gas, you can’t implement effective strategies to reduce your consumption.
Finally, updating buildings to increase energy efficiency is the single most effective environmental initiative any property owner can make.
I believe that by implementing green energy generation, monitoring energy consumption and updating schools to increase energy efficiency, the HWDSB could drastically reduce it’s environmental footprint – and also save a lot of taxpayer money in the process.
This would also be an amazing opportunity to bring real world green energy initiatives right into the classroom!
Students could be involved right from the start in evaluating different green energy production methods and evaluating different sites.
Students could also be involved in studying and analyzing energy usage across the board – in real time with real data.
Students could also be given the opportunity to research, analyze and propose actual solutions to energy issues facing the board.
What would be more exciting and relevant to students than studying real world environmental issues – and being in a position to offer real world solutions!
What do you think?
Please leave me a comment below – I’d love to hear what you think!
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