pic_left_project_infoHoisting the solar panels into place.

pic_left_timelineCochrane High Students alongside the solar panels.

pic_left_turbine_cuThe Wind Turbine is now in place near to the solar panels.

Sustainable Development Project Timeline Impact of High School’s Project
June 2000

Earl Binder and Stephanie Bennett decided on attempting this feat. Took idea to Superintendent and received approval to go ahead with project.

June 2005

CHS Sustainable Development Committee received prestigious AB Emerald Award for Environmental Excellence in Youth Category and were runner-up winners in the Canadian Geographic Green Team Challenge

Sep 2000 – Nov 2003

Time spent completing feasibility study with Soltek Powersource. Time spent researching technology and finding a company that sold, and installed this sort of technology. Result of the study was 30 solar panels and a small wind turbine on the roof.

Sept 2005

CHS Sustainable Development Project in AB Venture Magazine

Feb 2004

Sustainable Development Committee born – 14 keen grade 11 students

Sept 2005

CHS Sustainable Development Project named Newsmaker of the Year by Chamber of Commerce

Feb 2004 – June 2004

Committee raised $47,000 through private donations, grant applications, open house and conference presentations

Jan 2006

Received Calgary Mayor’s Excellence Awards for Curriculum Support

July 2004

30 Solar panels installed

Feb 2006

Town of Cochrane strikes up a new Environmental Service Division dedicated to sustainable development in the town

Oct 2004

Wind generator installed

March 2006

Two members of Phase II committee attend Town of Cochrane Municipal Development Plan meeting at the Ranchehouse. Sustainable development was included in the town’s new and current MDP

July 2004 – Dec 2004

Getting electrical permits. Exhaustive process

Sept 2006
Town of Cochrane unveils a plan to study renewable technology on Municipal buildings in town
Jan 2005

System hooked up and power produced.

Nov 2006

Rockyview School Board passed first reading on a new sustainable buildings policy. This policy would see new schools designed with sustainability in mind and make major renovations to existing facilities in the division.

Feb 2005

Dr. David Suzuki guest speaker at High School’s Dedication ceremony. AB Environment Minister, Hon. Guy Boutilier also presented at ceremony.

May 2005 – Oct 2006

  • High school in Ealing, UK doing what we did
  • Westbrook Middle School put in solar heating
  • High school in London, UK trying to put up solar panels
  • Camrose, AB trying for a sustainable development project like ours