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Bunbury Cathedral Grammar


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In 2006, Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School (BCGS) launched an exciting project that will showcase the benefits of alternative energy sources.

BCGS is one of four WA schools participating in the Worsley Energy Challenge, which is hailed to be the highlight of the school’s ‘journey towards sustainability’.

This exciting ‘flagship’ project, supported by the Australian Association of Environmental Education (AAEE), Edith Cowan University (ECU) and Curtin University of Technology, aims to reduce fossil fuel consumption by 20% by 2011 through alternative energy sources and school community education.

The School hopes to take advantage of three different sources of alternative energy. Subject to Shire approval, funding from Worsley Alumina will enable the installation of photovoltaic cells, wind turbines and bio-diesel generators on school grounds.

Investigation into the viability of these renewable energy systems is currently underway. Here is one of the proposed sites for the photovoltaic cells.

A school-based committee, with representation from all key stakeholders, will oversee this project, whilst visiting researchers from ECU and Curtin University will conduct analysis on the success of the systems, both in obtaining baseline data of overall energy consumption and in determining school community attitudes and behaviours. Research results will contribute to long term plans for strategies and education within the School.

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