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Geothermal heating and cooling is a proven renewable technology. But unlike its more widely understood counterparts like solar and wind energies, awareness of geothermal, at all age levels, is much less advanced. We can see a solar panel array on a roof or in a field, just as we can see wind turbines spinning on the horizon. We are hearing more and more these days about solar and wind technologies.
However, when it comes to geothermal there’s a great deal to accomplish in terms of fostering greater awareness. Part of the challenge in doing that is the fact that geothermal technology’s two principal equipment components function largely out of sight. The geothermal piping loop is underground and the loop’s heat pump component is, visually, little more than a box that’s located in a closet or down in a basement, even though it is a modern marvel of efficiency. When it comes to geothermal, there’s much less to see from a renewable technology that is more efficient than either solar or wind.
National Geothermal Initiative & Our Children
The National Geothermal Day campaign is intended to change that shortfall in awareness and understanding, as we reach out with public information efforts to a wide range of audiences across America.
No single audience is more important in this effort than school age children. They are our future, and they will inherit the world we leave them. We want to make that a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable world. Introducing geothermal and its benefits to the next generation can go a long way to achieving that kind of world and environment.
It is our hope that the generations that follow us will live in a world where geothermal heating and cooling will be widely adopted, so that it can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing carbon footprints.
Our study materials and activities in this section are therefore focused on elementary and middle school children. We feel that high school students can sample the other content sections, especially the video, in learning about geothermal.
As parents and educators, we encourage you to utilize these materials as you see fit. They can be used online or downloaded and printed with no restrictions. We will be adding additional materials to this section as we move towards October 20, 2015, National Geothermal Day.
We will also be interested in hearing how you judge these materials, how you use them, and what more we could provide in assisting the learning and education process, so we encourage your feedback.
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