Monday, January 22, 2018

Convent wins ‘Green’ contest


The Winners: St Joseph’s Convent, San Fernando, is congratulated by Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Ramona Ramdial, centre. —Photos: Curtis Chase

Mark Fraser

St Joseph’s Convent, San Fernando, is the winner of the “I Am Secondary School Green Building” competition.

The girls graciously received their prize of $5,000 during a prize-giving ceremony at the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries (TTCSI’s) Secretariat, 45, Cornelio Street, Woodbrook, on March 12.

Second place went to Bishop Anstey High School, Port of Spain, and third was Naparima Girls’ High School, San Fernando.

“All schools received a cash prize TT$5,000 that will assist them to implement a ‘green’ project at their school,” said TTCSI communications and marketing officer, Dixie-Ann Dickson.

This is the first year of the competition, which was developed by TTCSI and the Trinidad and Tobago Green Building Council (TTGBC).

Aimed at empowering and inspiring Third and Fourth Form pupils while challenging them to identify a problem within the bounds of their school environment and present an alternative based on green principles and in line with sustainable environment ideologies, approximately 20 schools took part in the competition.

St Joseph’s Convent took the winning spot with its project, titled “(SJCSF) Goes Green”.

Their project had four objectives which included: 

To create ‘green’ spaces on the compound

To harvest rainwater for watering these green 

spaces instead of causing mini-floods within our school compound.

To implement the use of thin film photovoltaics to harness solar energy

To use evaporative coolers and alternative cooling solutions in classrooms.

Bishop Anstey High School, Port of Spain, for its green project, decided to utilise an existing building at the school called the “New Building”.

The building houses Forms One-Three pupils. The classrooms are very hot, especially around midday. The students felt that by planting trees it would provide much-needed shade from the intense sun rays while helping them reduce their use of the air-conditioning unit.

Naparima Girls’ High School decided to make a bio-degradable building to house a kitchen garden as its ‘green’ project.

It is a two-storey building made from wood. The ground floor stores the compost while the top floor houses the seedlings. Creating a continuous cycle where the compost could be used to fertilise the plants and if some plants die; they in turn would be used as compost to fertilise other plants.

Special awards were given to Queen’s Royal College and San Juan Secondary School. The theme of the competition was inspired by 3 Canal’s song, “I Am the Revolution”.