The focus here is on working with local schools to advance student interest and involvement in clean technology projects, particularly energy projects, and where possible provide them with opportunities for future employment.
The premise is that children who understand energy systems, clean generation technologies and the need to reduce energy use will be ambassadors for change in the community. A key partnership is with clean technology businesses built around business projects they are developing.
Project Solar is an umbrella project being developed by the College in partnership with Energise Otaki and clean technology businesses.
Otaki College and Blended Fuel Solutions have developed an Alternative Fuel Programme as part of the Year 12 Chemistry Accredited curriculum.
The Otaki College diesel vans and its lawnmower are now running on cleaner blended fuel. The local bus company also joined the blended fuel trial.
The Little Greenie 2013 project based at the Clean Technology Centre, focused on teaching young people to build a demonstration home that was healthy, sustainable and energy efficient.