Stu­dents to learn about green en­ergy

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - THE CITIZEN -

HAL­I­FAX

- Grade 9 stu­dents are soon go­ing to learn more about Nova Sco­tia's re­new­able re­sources.

The de­part­ments of ed­u­ca­tion and en­ergy are work­ing on a pro­gram to help stu­dents learn about re­new­able en­ergy and the role it plays in the prov­ince's elec­tric­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal sec­tors.

A small num­ber of teach­ers from across the prov­ince gath­ered in Hal­i­fax on Wed­nes­day to learn about the pi­lot pro­gram, called The En­ergy Around Us.

"Nova Sco­tia is mov­ing away from coal-based elec­tric­ity and is go­ing to gen­er­ate more green en­ergy," said En­ergy Min­is­ter Bill Estabrooks. "By 2015, we want to gen­er­ate 25 per cent of our elec­tric­ity from re­new­able sources. As we move to­ward that fu­ture, it is im­por­tant that we en­cour­age stu­dents to learn more about re­new­ables and the role they will play in our prov­ince."

Estabrooks, a for­mer teacher, said the pi­lot pro­gram will en­cour­age stu­dents to learn more about re­new­able re­sources and their role on a so­cial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal level.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Marilyn More said the hands-on pro­gram will use out­comes from within the Grade 9 cur­ric­ula and fo­cus on re­new­able re­sources within Nova Sco­tia.

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