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Australian high school wins global renewable energy and sustainability prize

A Tasmanian high school has taken out the Zayed Future Energy Prize in the Global High Schools category, Oceania region, at a prestigious awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi, January 16  – Flanked by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, students from Huonville High received the award in front of dignitaries from across the globe.

The international prize celebrates pioneers in the fields of sustainability and renewable energy and offers nine awards across five categories.

The rural Tasmanian school was a runner up in last year’s competition, but this year their vision for how to integrate renewable energy into their operations and curriculum really wowed the judges.

“The project is around renewable energies, so the ideal situation would be to turn the school into a carbon neutral environment … we’ve implemented a number of solar initiatives here at the school, so we are reducing our electricity consumption.

“The idea is to try to at least triple that,” Principal Geoff Williamson tells EducationHQ.

Among the string of sustainable practices engineered by students is a bio digester, a bicycle-powered mobile cinema and a windmill. 
Indeed the prospect of putting their small town on the global map is a thrilling feat for the Tasmanian students.

“…it puts it out there that anybody can do it. We just have a very focussed group …it’s directly aligned to the Australian Curriculum so we are not going off on any weird tangent, but at the same time I think what the kids are learning from it, from communications skills as well is huge..."Williamson adds.

Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, welcomed Huonville into the movement’s burgeoning international community.

“…We were impressed by the vision shown within their project proposal and the legacy it will leave for future generations of students. Empowering young people is critical to delivering a sustainable future and we hope this school will act as a benchmark for others in the region to think and act sustainably,” he said.

 

Sourcce: Education HQ

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