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Schools and students leading our energy future

A national program helping students become leaders in sustainability and climate action is engaging with the West Kimberley community this week.

The ClimateClever Initiative enables schools to reduce carbon emissions associated with electricity, gas, water and waste, save money on utility bills, and improve student learning around sustainability, climate change and carbon reduction.

The program is partnering with Horizon Power in regional and remote WA to build community awareness and increase knowledge of using energy wisely.

Horizon Power Retail and Community Manager Jodie Lynch explained how the program supports schools and their students.

“There are a number of tools and resources to help schools reduce emissions,” Jodie said.

“An online carbon tracker allows them to calculate their operational footprint, a building audit tool helps understand how buildings and facilities consume energy, and an interactive platform provides advice and tracks how schools are reducing their carbon footprint.

“This is a great program as we all want more control around our energy usage and electricity bills – the program also provides motivation for similar initiatives to be implemented in the home.”

Jodie is holding a public information session and visiting schools with the program’s Managing Director Dr Vanessa Rauland to discuss how each school can benefit.

Dr Rauland said the ClimateClever Initiative is largely based on a two-year Low Carbon Schools pilot program which commenced in 2016 and involved 15 schools in Western Australia.

“Following the success of that pilot, we are really excited to be launching the program nationally,” Dr Rauland said.

“The ClimateClever Initiative is an ideal way for schools and their students to provide community leadership by demonstrating how together we can create a low carbon future.”

Fact File

  • The ClimateClever Initiative has been developed through collaboration between Curtin University, the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living and ClimateClever, and is underpinned by extensive research.

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