Townsville State High School Sustainability Program
State High School has a number of environmental programs underway or under
development. A key distinction between these initiatives and those of other
schools is that Town High has a focus on technology. This is because of
the excellent work of the Technology Maths and Science Centre in the school.
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panels are grid interactive which is to say that they put power into the
grid. The 12V DC power from the panels is transformed into 240V AC using
a device called an inverter, pictured below.
has also been contribution to the pool of intellectual property in the
wind business by filing for a provisional patent of an wind power technology
for domestic use. The provisional patent was filed in December 2002. Discussions
are underway about commercialising the unit and it is envisaged that this
process will become part of the education program in the school.
The weather station measures a range of parameters including: air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, rainfall, solar radiation, wind direction and wind speed.
from the weather station will me made available to the public in real-time
through the school's website. The information will also support the renewable
energy research by assessing the relative efficiency of wind power and
solar power in relation to wind speed and UV intensity.
TSHS currently recycles aluminum and is actively investigating options for recycling plastics. Also under investigation is a worm farm to dispose of food scraps and other organic material.
Townville State High School also recently signed the letter of intent to join the the Greenhouse Challenge program. The Greenhouse challenge program will assist the school to determine its greenhouse emissions and to develop measures to reduce these. The main focus will likely be energy management. The greenhouse audit is anticipated to commence soon.
Townville State High School has recently become one of the first members of the Reef Guardians program, an action based schools participation program related to current issues affecting the Great Barrier Reef.
School Sustainability Program
Click here to see how the UNESCO sustainability initiative is being integrated in the school's curriculum.