Clean Energy for Metea Valley High School
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My name is Alexis Bass, and I'm a junior at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois. My environmental science class did an energy audit of our school, and from our rough estimates, we calculated that MVHS uses around 1, 767, 000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy every year (and this estimate is on the low side!).
This huge amount of electricity used by Metea every year has astronomical environmental impacts. Our calculations show that MVHS releases around 972,000 kilograms of CO2, 16,800 kilograms of nitrates, and 1,800 kilograms of sulfates into the atmosphere every year. That's a LOT of pollution just from our school's electricity usage!
To lessen the environmental impact of Metea Valley High School, my friend Sara Dixon and I are trying to gather support for Metea to switch from the coal, nuclear, and natural gas-powered electric grid to our own energy source: a wind turbine.
The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation is a Department of Energy approved nonprofit organization that provides grants to schools so that they can construct solar panels or wind turbines to power the school. According to their website, "annually, each turbine will generate approximately 3,200 kWh of electricity and help avoid 3,600 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions." The construction of this wind turbine would not only be affordable thanks to the grant, but it would also greatly reduce the amount of pollution that our school produces, significantly benefiting our environment.
The construction of this wind turbine would have an enormously positive environmental impact on our community, not only in reducing pollution, but also in raising awareness among the student body about how to take care of our Earth. Please support this project's future by signing this petition. Thank you!
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