Solar for East - lighting up the passion for solar energy
By Molly Fassbender, UWCSEA Foundation
Solar for East is all about making the world a better - and brighter - place, but it also plays an important role in the education of our students. At UWCSEA, environmental stewardship becomes a major part of every child’s education; helping students to develop the essential knowledge, skills and commitment to care for the natural world.
Solar for East is an extracurricular activity for East Campus High School students that gives them the opportunity to become fully involved in all aspects of a solar panel project. Students learn from the ground up - about the complexities of renewable sources of energy, how to raise community awareness and funds for their cause and about the financing, installation and maintenance of solar panels. Students are the heart of the initiative and they plan, lead and deliver the project.
Isabel, a Grade 10 student who participates in the Solar for East project, had this to say: "Being able to be part of our team's actions towards a more sustainable future is extremely gratifying. My favourite part of being on this project is the opportunity to teach younger students about the importance of caring for our planet and making a difference. That's really what makes this initiative stand out - it takes into account both education and environmental sustainability."
Inspired by the success of the Solar for Dover project, the Solar for East project launched in 2018 with the lofty goal of installing 1,130 solar panels on four locations at East Campus by 2021, representing a reduction of at least 117.3 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and lighting up 148 classrooms.
Join the UWCSEA student champions who are taking environmental stewardship into their own hands, visit the Solar for East website.