Chi-Mei Junior High School
In 2008, we launched a movement to “Let Old Trees Breathe & Create Sustainability on the Campus”, excavating tree pits, rebuilding intercepting ditches, and sheltering corridors. The following year saw our energy recycling in different geographical conditions, a project under cooperation with Twin-Lake Primary School (雙湖國小) aiming to “Cut Carbon Emissions and Energy Consumption, to Live Sustainably, and to Revive Chi-Mei.” This project deployed local resources to take up the global warming issues and hereby to highlight our school’s green efforts.
Since Chi-Mei was granted a funding from the Ministry of Economic Affairs to implement a 3KW solar power system in 2009, we tried to avoid overlapping of resource utilisation and therefore extended the reach of our energy recycling to wind power instead. Thus, our power system combining “wind” and “light”, two complementary energy sources, furthers the efficiency of our energy recycling. We also plan to record and analyse the performance of the two systems and then take it as teaching materials for future science education.
The southwest side of our teaching building faces the sun directly in the afternoon and suffers from the heat and strong light, which, especially in the summer time, seriously affects students’ study and may even impair their vision. Despite the on-going tree planting project, the slow growth of trees cannot meet the urgent needs in those sunlit classrooms. Thus, we provided shade equipment to the building to mitigate the effects of the scorching sun. Also, we did this in a hope that this event could arouse students’ interest in heliology, e.g. sun angle and its effect on seasonal weather fluctuations.
Besides, we had a solar powered heater installed in teachers’ dormitory so as to save energy and cut carbon emission. However, the short daylight in the winter lowered the heater’s efficiency, so we added to it a heat pump helping keep water warm at a certain temperature. Such application of light and heat can also serve as a valuable material for our science education.
As for lighting at Chi-Mei, dark corners on the campus, especially at the night-time, can cause serious security issues to students studying late. For this reason, lamp posts that employ solar and wind power are installed not only to secure students’ safety but also to exemplify the practical utilisation of solar and wind power. Apart from the lighting functions, these lamp posts have become a part of campus scenery and merged into the beauty of Chi-Mei. In addition, the rewiring of lighting circuits in our library, with the help of a voltage regulator, has seen remarkable power saving and a safer reading environment for library users, which, we expect, could also help excite students’ interest in electricity issues.
Chi-Mei has integrated its administrative and educational resources with local humanity’s heritage and natural landscape to fulfil its ideals in green education, particularly in power saving and carbon reduction.
- Chi-Mei Junior High School
- System: High school
- Report year: 2009
- Area: South Taiwan
- County: PengHu