Category: 2016, Climate, Community Grant, Current, Grant


Green Calgary




Powering Our World

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Powering Our World 51.054707, -114.095060 Powering Our WorldWith a shift in the political landscape, Alberta has a real opportunity to innovate its energy sector over the next 20 years and make a substantial shift from fossil fuels to renewables. That change will come from a generation that is more tech-savvy than ever before. But if the power they use is just taken for granted, where is the impetus for them to change their behaviour about their energy consumption and to really consider how the energy we produce powers their world? Through exploration of the energy they use today, demonstrating the real cost of producing that energy, and empowering them to do something about it - that has significant implications in incremental behaviour changes over the next year. But building a generation to think differently and to encourage these changes to become habits - through the tracking and measurement of what they do after the program - can have a huge impact in how we in Alberta look at how we power our world.Learn more.


This is a pilot for a classroom based program for Grades 9-12 with direct curriculum connections for each grade level. For Grade 9, this fits with “Electrical Principles & Technologies”; for Grade 10, “Energy Flow in Technological Systems” and for Grades 11-12, “Energy and the Environment”. With the new curricular competencies, we are using the approach similar to our Green Kids program, where go into schools to provide a hands on inquiry based programs which touch on a majority of the competencies outlined by Alberta Education.

This is a new offering where Green Calgary is focusing on the topic of energy use and electricity; its impacts on our environment both in the production and consumption of energy. They will also be talking about how energy is produced in Alberta – coal still accounts for 50% of our energy locally, renewables less than 5%. What does that mean for the environment when we plug something in or turn on a light switch? The program will focus on the local impacts as well as touching on the global impacts of climate change.

Electricity is invisible but this activity provides hands-on learning by pedaling a FenderGenerator, a stationary bike suitable for youth who are being targeted for this program. Electricity is generated and supplied to play music, charge smart devices, video gaming equipment and more as an insight into the technology, production, consumption conservation, and impacts of energy consuming everyday machines. Using a wattage meter allows students to compare items they can generate electricity for and those that consume larger amounts of power. Students learn how to answer the questions: How is electrical energy unique? What are the sources of electricity? How much physical exertion is needed to provide electricity for a cell phone as compared to hairdryer? What are the best ways to conserve electricity? How does electricity production affect climate change?

When youth are impacted with the devices they use, the anticipated impact is to have them be more conscious users of energy, where it comes from and inform behaviour change and conscious energy consumption.