Fund­ing avail­able for schools in­ter­ested in en­ergy con­ser­va­tion

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

To gen­er­ate greater aware­ness to­wards en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and con­ser­va­tion among stu­dents in the class­room, the prov­ince is ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for the Save It For­ward pro­gram. To­tal fund­ing of $100,000 is avail­able to sup­port schools wish­ing to de­liver pro­gram­ming fo­cused on en­ergy con­ser­va­tion.

“The Save It For­ward pro­gram is an op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to learn how to con­serve, and use, en­ergy more wisely by par­tic­i­pat­ing in school-based projects that pro­mote con­ser­va­tion and in­crease en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in the class­room,” said nat­u­ral re­sources min­is­ter Jerome Kennedy, in a press re­lease. “I en­cour­age schools across the prov­ince to get in­volved with this very worth­while ini­tia­tive which ed­u­cate our youth and pro­mote the ben­e­fits of pro­tect­ing our environment.”

Save It For­ward is a part­ner­ship be­tween the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. In 2010, through Save It For­ward ini­tia­tives, more than 8,400 stu­dents from over 30 schools across New­found­land and Labrador learned about the im­por­tance of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and con­ser­va­tion, and pro­tect­ing the environment. The pro­gram is de­signed for stu­dents from Kinder­garten to Grade 12, and in­vites them to de­velop in­no­va­tive ideas geared to­wards more ef­fi­cient en­ergy use in the class­room.

“Many schools in this prov­ince are us­ing en­ergy more ef­fi­ciently, so to­day’s stu­dents are ac­tu­ally learn­ing about the con­ser­va­tion of en­ergy in en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly set­tings,” said ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Clyde Jack­man.

School districts will pro­vide ap­pli­ca­tions to schools, and teach­ers are en­cour­aged to sub­mit pro­pos­als to their re­spec­tive school district of­fice by Dec 9. Ap­pli­ca­tions will be eval­u­ated, and fund­ing awarded to suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants by the end of Jan­uary, 2012.

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