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Dundees low carbon future ?
Pupils from St John’s RC High School, Dundee celebrated the end of a unique design project at a prize-giving event at Dundee Science Centre.
The 180 S2 pupils have been journeying into the future to vision their own sustainable communities as part of a Green Communities project being run by Dundee Science Centre and Solar Cities Scotland.
The project has investigated where energy comes from, how and where it is used, and explores the carbon culprits that create the average Dundonian’s footprint – a rather weighty annual 17.2 tonnes. The pupils have worked in teams of six on a project spanning five months, culminating in a model, poster and report being presented to judges Cllr Jimmy Black (DCC Housing Convener), Dr Bill Lynch – Lecturer in Town Planning and Eddie Holmes – Representative from Coldside Forum.
The winners will be presented with solar powered torches.
Stuart Rogers, Science Learning Officer, Dundee Science Centre said, “Dundee Science Centre has been proud to be part of this exciting project, and we are delighted that we can now reward the school pupils’ creativity and hard work at today’s Green Communities prize giving ceremony. We have all been very impressed with the standard of the entries from the S2 pupils, and the thought they have given to designing energy efficient homes and communities for the future – the judges certainly had their work cut out!”
The pupils will also hear from two planning students from University of Dundee who have produced some designs for a Green Community in Dundee as part of their course.
This innovative task has been set by Solar Cities Scotland as part of its work to tackle Dundee’s carbon footprints through simple cost cutting actions and switching to sustainable energy. Working alongside the Dundee Science Centre they have guided pupils to explore Dundee’s and their own carbon footprint to help them focus on the biggest carbon emitters. Pupils have explored the structure and design of the green communities and undertaken simple changes in their behaviours to cut their own carbon emmisions. Since the projects start in October the students have saved around 22 tonnes of carbon through undertaking 6 simple actions such as closing doors to keep the heat in and turning off equipment when not in use.
The pupils “plans for a green future” may also help the community decide on its priorities as Alistair Macleod from Solar Cities Scotland explained. “The students from St John’s have been set a challenging but fun task to work together harnessing knowledge and ideas about how they may live, work, and travel and eat in their green community. Their ideas will be looked at carefully not only by the panel of judges but also by the local forums and community planning structures. In that way their fresh ideas have an opportunity to be taken forward and shape futures”
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