Cool is Cool

At present, the Climate Change program consists of three elements: A four-part in-class presentation by experts on climate change and its attendant scientific and social issues, a student-led school energy audit, and a visit to a local alternative energy provider

The precise format of the Electronic Student Climate Network will depend on school factors. The suggested network is set out below.

Elements of Electronic Student Climate Network

1. The School Energy Patrol.

2. School Signs for Students to be Aware of Need to Save Energy.

3. Lighting: 

  • Use energy efficient LED and Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Turn Lights Off when not in use
  • Identify unnecessary lights
  • Unplugging.

4. Heating and Cooling

  • Classrooms
  • Hallways
  • Cafeteria
  • Optimal temperature Heating 68 deg. - Cooling 78 deg.
  • Keep classroom doors closed
  • Thermostats
  • Check efficiency of school boiler

5. Windows

  • Maximize use of natural light
  • Lining and weatherstripping.

6. The Kitchen

  • Test efficiency of kitchen equipment
  • Efficiency of heating water
  • Consult Energy Star when purchasing new appliances.

7. Turn Down Heat and Cooling in Hallways.

8. Insure that Computers not is use are sleeping.

9. Student Recommendations based on audit.

10. Distribute Audit - DOE, other Schools.

11. Partner with Other Neighborhood Schools.

  • Visit to Alternative Energy Provider
  • The student visit to the Alternative Energy Provider allows the student to observe the transformation of substance into energy as presented by a representative of the Provider and by Cool is Cool personnel.

Digital Student Climate Network

As Cool is Cool grows, all participating schools and students will join the Digital Student Climate Network that will connect them to peers in other schools in the City and in other states. The Digital Student Climate Network will give students the framework for contacting other students, comparing experiences and for creating a Student Global Warming Community.

In addition to student connection, the Digital Student Climate Network will be available for scientists, students and other interested persons to directly access the Community.