Tassie school takes power prize
Tasmania’s Huonville High School has won an international renewable energy prize worth $US100,000 ($133,000).
Huonville High was one of 14 schools competing in the Global High Schools Zayed Future Energy Prize, which promotes innovative high school projects to create a new generation of “responsible, sustainable citizens”.
Team leader 14-year-old Toby Thorpe represented his school at finalists’ ceremony in Abu Dhabi, where it won the award for the Oceania region, securing a $US100,000 grant to make the school's designs a reality.
The school’s sustainable plans include retro-fitting a school building to boost its 0.5-star energy rating to a six-star rating.
They will build a bicycle-powered cinema, a bio-digester, add solar panels and a windmill for the school.
The school also intends to introduce an energy training certificate course to Year 11 and 12 students at its Trade Training Centre.
School principal Geoff Williamson said he hoped it would inspire students to think differently about their future careers, in a region hit hard by the ailing forestry industry.
“It will have such an impact on the region as well, it's not just us as a school, but it is building the leaders of the future in sustainable practices,” he told the ABC.
“For the school it means we can implement the plans put forward and develop the school as a 'lighthouse' school for sustainable practices.
“The aim is for all the plans to be implemented, including the bicycle-powered cinema.
“The funding comes out based on what we produce throughout the year, the aim is to get as many done in the next 12 months as possible,” he said.