The Worsley Energy Challenge to Reduce Energy Consumption: Report on the Project Start-Up
Australian Association for Environmental Education
Regional Professional Studies
Regional Professional Studies Deans Office, Centre for Sustainable Regional Futures
The Worsley Alumina Energy Challenge (WAEC) is an innovative sustainability education project that connects four schools, the South West branch of the Australian Association of Environmental Education (AAEE), two universities and a corporation, Worsley Alumina Pty Ltd (Worsley). As part of its corporate sustainability responsibility, Worsley is providing renewable energy systems to the schools including photovoltaic, wind and biodiesel equipment. The type and size of the systems are based on each school’s physical location, size and local community context. In turn, the schools have committed themselves to attempting to reduce their power consumption by 20% per capita over a five-year period. This will involve introducing energy efficiency programmes developed and run by the staff and students. The schools have also committed to reorienting their educational programmes and operations towards sustainability, and incorporating sustainable energy initiatives into their curriculum. The project is managed by a team, comprised of representatives of the organisations involved; the team has committed itself to supporting the four schools for five years, and to using participatory decision-making.