Students Encouraged to Celebrate 50 Years of Solar

Worldwide solar initiatives aren’t always produced by governments or corporations, sometimes they rely on students for inspiration. The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) have joined the effort with the 2005 Solar Schools – Brighter Future International Competition.

This international contest calls for student art and essays that express how solar energy is technology that’s available now and to anyone. “Our society’s members have been responsible for most of the significant advances in solar energy technologies over the past five decades,” ISES states on their Web site for the contest. “Today, we are beginning to see more and more of these sustainable energy technologies incorporated in schools around the world, and the students at these solar schools are seeing first hand the true value of these environmentally-sound alternatives to fossil and nuclear fuels. As students and teachers in a solar school, we would like for you to help us spread the word that solar energy is here today.” Students attending schools throughout the world, from elementary through high school, that incorporate solar energy in any form including natural daylighting, photovoltaics, solar water heating, passive heating, wind power or even methane digesters, are encouraged to submit a piece of artwork or essay that promotes their sustainable energy system. The international winners and an accompanying adult will be flown to Orlando, Florida, all expenses paid, to be honored at the opening ceremonies at the International Solar World Congress and enjoy a day at Disney World. World leaders in solar energy will gather in Orlando, Florida from August 6 to August 12, 2005 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Solar Energy Society. “We feel that this initiative will bring global attention to the fact that many solar technologies are viable energy solutions today. We believe it will demonstrate the importance of teaching students about sustainability and designing schools to be teaching tools for sustainability,” ISES states on its Web site. “(Schools with solar energy components) have one common element – the solar systems are sending a clear message to the students that there are good environmentally-sound energy options that can be implemented today. The students in these schools are learning first-hand of the value of solar energy and environmental stewardship.” For more information on the contest and how to submit entries, visit the links below.
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