This activity can be an opportunity for students to demonstrate their leadership in the school or wider community. If leadership is an important focus then students should take control of the project. For student leadership tools go to: https://www.dassl.edu.au/
Step 1: Speak with the school leadership team or business to find out:
- What they wish to achieve
- What restrictions or policies could affect an energy reduction plan
- If there is a budget for implementing energy reduction
- Whether any equipment/appliances will be replaced in the next 12 months.
Step 2: Review the audit.
Step 3: Brainstorm:
- What changes in behaviour or practices will reduce the use of energy?
- What new equipment/appliances would reduce the use of energy?
Step 4: For each change of behaviour:
- Who needs to change their behaviour?
- What do they need to do?
- What do they need to know?
- How can they be informed, encouraged and motivated?
- What is the best communication tool or combination of communication tools?
- Who will be responsible for producing the communication products and getting them to the audience?
For each item of equipment/appliance:
- What is the cost of replacement?
- Does it cost more for an energy efficient appliance?
- How much energy is saved?
- How much money is saved each year?
Step 5: Sort and decide:
- Highlight all the ideas that achieve what the school or business wants.
- Highlight the equipment and appliances that could be purchased in the next 12 months.
- Highlight any additional areas that you believe should be done in the next 12 months (and does not require money).
- Highlight any additional areas where you think money should be found to purchase energy saving equipment or appliances.
- Describe your collective vision for an energy efficient school or business and describe the benefits to the people as well as the environmental and economic benefits.
- Suggest the best way to get everyone in the school community or the workplace to participate.
- How will the management of the school and leadership team or the management of a business prioritise energy reduction?
- Design a method to monitor an energy saving program and provide feedback to all the participants.
- Complete any research required to make your report.
- Decide how the report will be presented and if you will also create other communication pieces to go with the report.
- Develop a format for the report that includes a summary of the audit, all the recommendations and all the material developed in Step 6.
- Complete the report and communication piece.
Step 8: In consultation with the teacher, as a group decide what the group wants to do after presenting the report eg:
- Produce some of the communication pieces
- Run a energy reduction campaign
- Monitor and provide feedback
- Have an attachment to the report about what your class can do after the report is presented
- Organise a time to provide a presentation
- Have a rehearsal
When giving the report:
- Don’t forget your vision
- Have someone who will record any feedback
- Ask when the class might get a reply
- Suggest that the class is available to help further.
- Make sure you get your feedback.
- Make sure your class completes everything they promised.
- Find out how successful your work has been and celebrate your success.