The 2017 edition of the "Go with the wind!" environmental education project, promoted by ERG, endorsed by the Italian Ministry of the Environment and involving the Carabinieri, kicked off in Sicily on March 13, 2017.
The initiative is aimed at third-year secondary school students from the municipalities in which our wind farms are present and involves around 1500 pupils from Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise, Puglia, Sardinia and Sicily. The "Go with the wind!" project, which has already enjoyed notable success, is now in its 4th year and forms part of the Social Responsibility activities we carry out in the areas in which we operate.
"Go with the wind!" seeks to raise the awareness of students and teachers around the active role the younger generations can play in contributing to safeguarding the environment and developing the culture of sustainability, particularly in the energy sector. The initiative involves classroom lessons that cover the topics of renewable energy, environmental issues and energy efficiency, and these are followed by a guided tour of a wind farm, during which the students can see how the plant and the individual turbines work.
Expert technicians illustrate the different operation phases, from the design and development of the farm to the production and distribution of electricity.
Go with the Wind
Go With The Wind! Awards 2016
May saw the conclusion of the third edition of "Go with the Wind!", the environmental education project organised by ERG Renew in schools throughout the regions of Italy where our wind farms are located. The jury of the "Go with the Wind!" competition selected the three winning schools of the "VCV School of the Year 2016" award, as well as the winning projects of the "VCV Award 2016", designed by secondary school pupils who took part in the project in the 2015-16 academic year. "Schools of the year for 2016"- of the 35 schools that participated in the project in the 2015-16 academic year, the three winners were "Carlo V" Comprehensive of Carlentini (SR), "Virgilio" Comprehensive of Troia (FG) and "Fais" Comprehensive of Ploaghe (SS). The classes of these schools were most successful in interpreting the spirit of the project and the aims of the debate on environmental issues and the use of renewable energy sources. The three schools were each awarded a voucher of €1,000 for the purchase of educational materials. Selecting the winners of the "VCV Award 2016" was no easy task for the jury with only four of the 120-plus projects entered receiving a prize.
The panel sought to reward the imaginative use of "methods of communication", evidence of the awareness acquired as regards energy production from renewable sources and knowledge of the region in which the children live in relation to the wind farms.
The winners of the "VCV Award 2016"
An image taken from "The Voice of the Wind"
(a multimedia PowerPoint presentation on the relationship between local residents and the wind farms in Val Fortore).
"Try being a wind turbine, you're tall... powerful... you watch over and dominate the region"
An image taken from "Renewable Sources - Four WhatsApp chats on wind power and the environment":
(a PowerPoint presentation which explains wind power through a WhatsApp chat).
"They generate energy without burning anything?"
Yes...! They don't burn anything but use the wind instead, so it is renewable. Isn't it great?
From "Digital photos: energy for a new life"
(images ranging from a present dominated by fossil fuels to a future of renewable energy on various smartphones)
An image of a model rural wind-powered environment, rewarded with a superb educational documentary photobook.
(a mini working wind turbine created on a scale model featuring real plants and the search and collection of images about the wind powered world).
Page updated at 5 Apr 2017