The focus here is on working with local schools to advance student interest and involvement in sustainability generally, renewable energy technology projects, energy conservation 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.
Over the last four years there has been a major focus on developing projects with Ōtaki College. The principal and key staff have a strong interest in advancing sustainability as an underpinning theme in relevant areas of teaching, and providing students with opportunities to explore ideas and practical projects around that theme. The College is a participant in Energise Ōtaki and a number of projects have been developed. This is turn has led to a growing national and regional appreciation of what Ōtaki College and Energise Ōtaki are trying to achieve. During 2018 the focus will be on consolidating existing projects, ensuring their integration into the curriculum and developing teaching resources around each area.