The “Positive Energy School” Challenge, an approach for the energy transition that is proving its worth in the Grenoble Metropolis

The “Positive Energy Schools” Challenge is a great success for the Grenoble Metropolis and for good reason, the number of classes participating in this energy awareness program has tripled since its inception in 2013! The monitoring proposed by ALEC and GEG to complement the challenge was also extended for 2017-2018 and concerned 9 classes in Grenoble.

This challenge is an initiative of Grenoble-Alpes Métropole that gives the opportunity to the 3rd cycle students of the city to become familiar with energy issues through different awareness and action paths. In addition to benefiting from thematic workshops, children follow directly the consumption of their school and develop an action program to reduce these consumptions.

As part of the European City-zen project, ALEC and GEG are offering monitoring in addition to the challenge by providing equipment to measure electricity consumption on a classroom scale. After the success of the first year of monitoring, which had involved a class from Anthoard school, 9 classes in 4 Grenoble schools participated in the experiment this year. The children were then able to access hourly data on lighting consumption and computer sockets, which enabled them to understand the link between their use and their consumption.

This year too, a Youtube channel was created to follow the daily life of the classes registered for the challenge. Find “The survey” at Anthoard’s school and “Extinguishing fires” at Lucie Aubrac to discover the background of the monitoring with the children.

The teachers taking part in the monitoring have received full support from ALEC which, after collecting the consumption data for each class, provides a report to the teachers who request it. Feedback and evaluation from the teacher is then requested in order to improve future experiments.

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    A city operating entirely on clean energy. In theory, it's possible. But in real life? How to integrate new solutions in existing buildings, systems and people's lives? What are the technical, economic or social barriers? And how to overcome these? That's what we learn by doing in 20 projects in Grenoble and Amsterdam.

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