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The purpose of Project Recharge is to share climate solutions to the Climate Cycle community, cultivate leadership and communication skills among students who are passionate about addressing climate change, and showcase Climate Cycle schools as leaders in sustainability education.
From Energy Stars to Educators
Students in the EnergyStars after school program audited the school's energy use and worked to decrease energy consumption and waste. They created a children's book (which includes games and activities) with the lessons and tips they learned. These books will be shared with 18 nearby elementary schools, and they will collect data on their impact.
Students created presentations to educate other students at their school about pollution. They challenged students and staff to reduce their carbon footprints and collected data on actions being taken.
Curie Metro High School
Turn OFF the Lights --> Become a Solar Panel
Students created an energy reduction campaign to save 60,000 kWh by the end of 2011. They are accomplishing this by turning computers off, replacing broken sensors, implementing "Blackout Fridays," which are days where classrooms with windows do not use lights.
Lincoln Park High School
Star Trek The Next Generation: Learning how to Build Solar Panels
Students learned about how solar panels work and assembled mini panels for demonstration. These panels are placed in science classrooms throughout the school to power small appliances such as fans.
Perspectives IIT/Math & Science Academy
The Worm Factor
Students created compost worm bins to reduce the amount of organic waste being thrown out. They seek to create more healthy, nutritious soil for gardens and prairies in their school community and prevent the waste from entering landfills.
Polaris Charter Academy - WINNER
Ward 27 Recycling Website
Students learned that some wards do not have curbside recycling and developed a website to explain how people can recycle without curbside recycling which is linked to their alderman's website. They surveyed their families to understand why some do not recycle and developed recommendations based on this data.
Walter Payton College Prep High School
Idling- A Silent Epidemic
Students decreased air pollution by encouraging parents to turn off their engines while waiting in the car for their children. The distributed informational "tickets" to idling cars and collected data on the effectiveness of their efforts.
Save a Watt! Kill a Watt!
Students investigated energy used by common electric appliances and then created recommendations on how to decrease the amount of energy used through alternative appliances and use reduction.