School Biogas Project
This project includes three components:
- Isolation of organic waste from sources
The purpose of this component is to encourage students to practice food waste separation from sources and facilitate the preparation process before the operation of biogas machines.
- Capacity building and competency training
Competency training for the operation of biogas machines and the curation of organic vegetable gardens will be conducted and students will be exposed to:
● The ins and outs of green technology.
● The catalyzation of sustainable development through biogas solutions.
● An understanding of audits, record development, and the importance of data storage and reporting of findings.
● The operation of a biogas machine.
● The curation and maintenance of an organic vegetable garden.
All these components will be combined to meet one sustainable and well-established ecosystem.
Students will be able to operate a biogas machine in a controlled manner with the supervision of a designated mentor and the EcoGarage team to ensure both confidence and safety. This stage is important to instill a sense of responsibility and leadership in the students toward the project.
- Independent operation by the students
● At this stage, students have mastered the systems of operation and reporting. EcoGarage monitors and supervises their operating activities remotely without having to attend school.
● Students will operate biogas machines on a daily basis and track the progress that their efforts lead.
● The students will organize exhibitions and educational sessions for other students to showcase the results of their efforts whilst demonstrating the importance of providing ongoing exposure in constructing and implementing a culture of sustainability both within the school and outside it.
These components are critical to ensuring that these sustainable biogas operations continue in the long term.
● Shool canteens may lower operation costs through the use of biogas produced by students and organic vegetables from the students’ gardens.
● The money saved from the process can be used as coupons/tokens for students from the biogas group so that they may save on food purchases as an incentive for their hard work.