Challenging your school to curb energy use and use alternative energy sources
is one of the best ways to cut
greenhouse gas emissions, reduce air pollution and set a positive example
for your students. According to
Alliance to Save Energy,
80% of pollution comes from the production, consumption, and disposal of energy.
Most of this energy comes from fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas,
which all contribute to global warming through carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous
oxide, and other greenhouse gas emissions. These energy sources also add
to general air pollution, causing respiratory problems by the emission of sulfur
dioxide and the creation
ozone, and causing neurological and developmental disorders by the emission
mercury. Besides emitting pollutants, fossil fuels are also finite
resources, meaning that the supply of them will not last forever.
What if your school could reduce or eliminate its use of fossil fuels for
energy? What if you and your students could take pride in being part of
The good news is that tackling the issue of energy in your school could save
your school substantial money! Energy
Star reports that it costs $6 billion a year for the energy to run America’s
K-12 schools. That’s more than the money spent on textbook and computers
Buckle your seatbelt and we’ll take you on a tour of how your school can save
money by conserving energy or investing in an on-site renewable energy source,
such as solar,
We’ll also help you gain a working knowledge about global warming, how energy
works, and how various alternative energy sources work, including an analysis of
controversial ones such as
nuclear power ,
coal with carbon
dioxide sequestration and developing
How much do we depend on fossil fuels?
Why is energy conservation & clean energy important?
How is this chapter organized?