Centro Educacional Agrourbano

The school is situated close to Brasilia and hosts 520 students and staff. It is on its way to becoming resource independent and emission free, in terms of waste, water and energy. The school is in an agricultural region that has suffered environmental deterioration because of pesticides and pollution and is currently experiencing the worst drought in 80 years. Built right next to a natural reserve and local farms, the school wants to help the community transition to more sustainable technologies.

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The candidate already has a strong track record of adopting renewable energy and sustainable technologies. They use aquaponics, greywater tanks, solar cookers and fruit dehydrators. If awarded funds by the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the school hopes to install solar power systems for self-consumption and to cover the power needs of three adjacent farms. The school has provided a cost breakdown for the solar systems, showing equipment costs amounting to $37,021, while professional installation costs are $6,431 plus tax. The school also hopes to fund the purchase of construction material for a tank to collect rainwater, and tools and pipes to connect the collection tank to the farms for irrigation. The actual construction and development will be done by students, staff and the community. Academic staff and students plan to develop and build the systems themselves. The costs entered in the table below are primarily for the purchase of materials.

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