New South Wales school applies energy saving measures in the classroom

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Synopsis

In recognising the need to improve the ventilation of its assembly room, Wakehurst Public School seized the opportunity to simultaneously incorporate learning for sustainability into the curriculum and empower students to make positive changes in their school environment.

A student led investigation began with a survey to gauge perceptions of classroom comfort throughout the school. Following this, students conducted an audit of the insulation, orientation and shade of existing buildings. This research resulted in the use of passive air cooling measures and maximisation of natural ventilation in the buildings. Students continue to be involved in maintaining records of the internal climate of school buildings showing trends over time.

This type of action based, place specific learning about sustainability issues brings learning to life for students and helps them develop life long environmentally friendly habits.

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