These initiatives to preserve the environment have set the Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt school apart from many other educational organisations, and it has now been shortlisted among ten finalists for the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2014's category for global high schools.
"Global climate change is a reality, and so is the energy crisis. It is a matter of choice, therefore, at this point about whether we should continue being part of the problem or have the courage to become part of the solution,"
The school, which enrols about 1,500 pupils, became aware of the Zayed Future Energy Prize and its ability to encourage positive environmental change through one of its environmentally passionate team members.
"The generosity of this prize is exceptional - it shows us that the development of a sustainable future will be an international effort focused on the youth of today," Rumble added.
The prizes for schools, which form one category of awards within the Zayed Future Energy Prize, will be handed out during the World Future Energy Summit that is set to begin in the capital on
Colegio Franklin already has a school-wide programme to organise environmental awareness campaigns. A recycling system reuses plastic, paper and tetra pack while organic food waste generated on campus is used as compost in the school's organic community garden.
"We have also recently fitted solar heaters in our school pool. Starting six months after installation, the school will be able to save
But the institution already has other projects in mind, should it win the coveted Zayed Prize.
"Our first initiative is an experimental trial that will convert a block of classrooms from using traditional electricity sources to using solar photovoltaic energy. If we can [find significant] energy savings from this project, we will be able to increase the scale of this scheme. Another trial will be conducted to measure the effect of replacing old electrical cables in classroom and switching to energy-efficient LED lights," Rumble said.
Other plans include making the transport fleet less-polluting.
Rumble added that
"The conservation of the natural environment was
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