A school district is going to install a wind turbine for their energy needs: http://www.gazettenewspapers.com/news/index.php?token=4913&sToken=5&pToken=3_4_5_6_7_8

What information about using alternative energies for large buildings like companies, schools, and public buildings exist? Give the information you found as well as the link.

Spencer Fiumara
Science For Living
Alternative Energy

The question is what alternative energies for schools are out there?

If you haven’t notice our economy is not looking too good but there is still hope. There are some schools out there like the University of Toledo who are taking action in making their school green and doing more research in the process to contribute to 100% green school. Here is a link to that schools page: (http://www.environmentalleader.com/2009/02/27/ut-considers-alternative-energy-school/)
In fact schools are taking a close look at creating schools or programs in renewable energy technologies including solar, wind bio fuels to meet the workforce needs these emerging markets. In 2000 AFRED produced a second edition of the supplement and offered additional workshops. The renewable energy section of the curriculum was expanded, and an additional section on global climate change added. So believe it or not people are actually working on a curriculum to help students make better choices such as recycling, fuel wise, and other concepts. Here is a link an example http://www.energyeducation.tx.gov/ .
In California energy comes from non-renewable fossil fuel based sources. Another 14% comes from nuclear and 15% comes from large-scale hydrologic power plants. All these sources of power, constituting about 80% of the power consumed in the state, come with tremendous environmental cost. Most school in California have gone green using solar power panels to light there school because all of the sunshine they get. So one alternative energy source is solar.
Believe it or not there are schools called “Green Schools”. Energy costs have sky rocketed for our nation’s schools. To help this process education while strengthening academic learning, the Alliance’s Green Schools Programs engages students in creating energy-saving activities in their schools, using hands-on real-world projects. Green Schools has achieved reductions in energy use of 5 to 15 percent among participating schools in addition; Green Schools encourages students to apply the lessons of energy-efficiency in their home as well not to mention communities. Here is a short clip how students are participating: http://rochester.ynn.com/content/top_stories/493506/rcsd-students-gain-training-for-green-jobs.
Schools are holding training events to encourage others. A school, which is aiming to be the first in Northumberland to go carbon neutral, is holding training events to help others. Whitfield Church of England Voluntary Aided First School has installed a raft of renewable energy measures including a wind turbine and solar photovoltaic panels to generate electricity. Another energy source for schools (wind power)

Ways to Save Energy
*For heating if we use filters change them regularly because if you don’t dirty ones slow down air flow making the system work harder to keep it warm or cool.
*A clean filter will prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system that would lead up to expensive maintenance or system failure.
*Use the sun’s energy to filter into rooms to help keep heat down and reduce the need for lights, on hot days drawing the shades will keep the sun out and keep the room cooler.
*Apparently Energy Department schools currently spend more on energy than they do for computers and textbooks combined
*Perhaps get an energy monitor that goes around and checks things.
*Thicker windows
*Get a door seal
*Close curtains on days you’re trying to cool the house
*Change light bulbs
*Keep burners clean on stoves
*Use electric pans to cook small meals
*Use a conserve energy strip