Awareness raising programme for students and schools in energy efficiency, motivating, supporting and awarding role models.
The Energy Conscious School Programme aims at providing knowledge transfer to students and schools on sustainability and energy efficiency. The programme aims at student and schools at the same time.
Students receive energy efficiency presentations and discussion opportunities on site (in the school) and in the energy efficiency demo building of the programme (guided class visit to and in the Mi6 demohouse). Student learn how energy efficient technologies work and learn that they are already accessible and (considering full life cycle costs) are usually cheaper and much greener than traditional technologies. Students also get access to a graded Facebook quiz on energy efficiency with prizes.
Schools are motivated through an award and offer program to participate at the programme. Schools receive a LED bulb for each 20 students visiting the presentation or the demo house. Also, schools with showing the most participating students proportional to the total headcount are awarded the Energy Conscious School title for a year. Schools are also required to make up their Sustainable Energy Action Plans and submit it to the program for knowledge sharing and review for further awards, like the Energy Efficient School Award. Those schools that event assist and mentor other schools with their own existing and working practices may apply for the Energy Efficient Mentor School title and award.
It is an honour for a school to possess these titles and awards.
Cross-financed from the revenue of market activities, run by a team of 3.
Evidence of success
The Programme started in 2016 with the target of accessing 2500 students a year. Attracted by the quick success of the programme, the policy level decided to support the programme actively: with the involvement of the responsible Ministry for Human Resources and their Non-profit Ltd. the program was invited to share its knowledge in state-owned schools (the vast majority of schools) and reached 350,000 students in Hungary in 2017 and 2018.
Financing is a continuous issue. Also, reaching out to event more schools and students requires capacities, HR and logistics. Therefore, we are moving towards e-learning application development to increase our coverage further.
Potential for learning or transfer
The programme is fully transferable to other countries, as it is based on technology, demonstration, competition – all being assumedly independent on local context or regulatory framework.
Showing students that energy efficiency technologies is not the future, but the present helps spreading existing technology. Students also have an effect on their parents decision making resulting in a leverage effect in the programme’s reach. Therefore from the smallest communities to all the countries of the world the good practice is fully transferable, adaptable and scalable.
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