Last month, I had the opportunity to attend a three day professional development tour call Alternative and Renewable Energy with Inside Education. Over the three days, I travelled with 23 other educators to Calgary and Medicine Hat to tour various heating facilities and “smart” buildings. The first-hand experience has been very rewarding and I look forward to incorporating my learning into my lesson plans. I have a real passion for energy and environment and I hope to inspire my students to learn more about renewable and alternative energy.
Canada’s First Solar Concentration Heating Facility
Medicine Hat’s Wind Turbines
Enmax District Energy Centre
From the University of Calgary website:
“EEEL uses 78 per cent less energy compared to a conventional laboratory building. Natural light pours through triple-glazed windows and reflective surfaces scatter it throughout the building. Occupancy sensors and smart timing schedules control high-efficiency light fixtures when the sun isn’t shining. Vertical green sunshades on the south facade move throughout the day to reduce glare and solar heat gain in the summer.
Cooling towers chill water at night and store it for use during the day. Concrete “Earth Tubes” run fresh air underground to the main lecture theatre to cool it in summer and warm it in winter. Low flow fixtures and use of captured rainwater mixed with recycled process water for toilet flushing reduces potable water use by 64 per cent.”
About Inside Education
Inside Education is a non-profit organization that delivers programming to students and teachers. They offer multiple perspectives on many issues about our environment and energy. Their programs foster critical thinking, curiosity and stewardship. I have been very fortunate to have participated in a few teacher tours with Inside Education. The knowledge and experiences have helped me shape curriculum delivery to my students in a very positive way. I highly encourage educators to look into Inside Education and the variety of programs that they offer.