Phase VII – Recycling, Outreach Program & Renewable Energy Framework Policy
Our intent is to highly motivate our student body to increase plastic waste production by 25%. We have enough equipment; we simply need to increase use of our recycling bins. We feel we can do this now that we our recycled waste can be disposed of right at the school using the new waste management system.
We will continue conducting tours, attending conferences, video conferences and other community events to promote our project and the concept of sustainability. One of the areas we would like to help promote is sustainable transportation. One of our businesses in town sells e-bikes which we would like to bring to our student populations’ attention.
Renewable Energy Production
Phase VII involved researching and pursuing the installation of one 5 kW Evance R9000 turbine on a 60’ (18 m) monopole at north end of football field. Phase VII is unique and educational; it empowers our students, it is functional for our school and, being a form of renewable technology, it represents the future. Microgeneration projects like this one could be the solution to domestic energy demands when our province is being asked to become a major global player with its energy resources.
This project is leading edge that is entirely reasonable and wholly in accordance with up-to-date national and international planning policies.
The Evance R9000 SWT will raise CHS’s energy production capacity to 11 kw and would be a valuable addition of renewable energy to the school. Our hybrid system would bring energy to our school on a reliable basis. When it isn’t sunny, the wind generally blows; when the wind isn’t blowing, it is generally sunny.
However, all that we were able to accomplish in the four years since our initial quest for this technology was a policy with the Town of Cochrane that enables various forms of renewable energy technologies to be used by residents helping Cochrane reach its target of 30% of its energy derived from renewables (CSP; page 26).
Throughout this first round in pursuit of a small wind turbine our students have learned valuable lessons. We’ve learned that change can be difficult and that everyone has a voice. We listened to the concerns of our residents, school board, Town of Cochrane and school regarding our initial proposal. In response to the concerns raised, we spent many, many hours further researching our project attempting every step of the way to get answers regarding health, noise, animals, property values, and aesthetics. The facts that we gathered are shared as pdf documents in the left margin.