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World Environment Day 2016

UNATT and Starlift Steel Orchestra

Members of UNATT and Starlift Steel Orchestra representative Jean-Louis Valentine get an introductory course in the technical upkeep and maintenance of the charging station from Smart Energy Ltd's Ian Smart. The station allows up to nine devices to be charged at a time, with varying connections for Apple, Android, Windows and other phones and tablets.

Campers at the Healing With Horses Foundation 5th Annual Buccoo Integrated Summer Camp, interact with a Renewable Energy (RE) Training Kit in Tobago, July 2015. The Kit allows for experiments with solar, wind and hydro powers and is an
excellent teaching and learning tool on the concepts of Renewable Energy. The Healing With Horses Foundation received the Kit as a gift from the UNATT Renewable Energy Project in July 2015. Approximately eighty boys and girls were impacted by this donation over the two-week period.


UNATT Renewable Energy Project:

Mainstreaming Renewable Energy Resources and Raising Youth Awareness in Schools and Community Service Organizations in Trinidad and Tobago

UNATT combats Climate Change issues through a Renewable Energy project which aims at the sensitisation towards these concepts within various schools/communities throughout Trinidad and Tobago

The United Nations Association of Trinidad and Tobago (UNATT), with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), began implementing a Renewable Energy (RE) Project entitled “Mainstreaming Renewable Energy Resources and Raising Youth Awareness in Schools and Community Service Organizations in Trinidad and Tobago”. This project is an extension, by replication and up-scaling, of a previous, successfully completed GEF /SGP project in 2012 - “Mainstreaming Renewable Energy Resources in the Secondary School Laboratories and Raising Youth Awareness on Diversified Renewable energy (RE) Solutions in Trinidad and Tobago”.


UNATT at Signal Hill

UNATT Representatives Grace Talma and Ken Snaggs (fourth and second from right), accompanied by Smart Energy Ltd technicians Johannes Glitzky and Victor Guerin at Signal Hill Secondary School conducting a technical site visit to explain the project and determine optimal placement of the solar installation on the school grounds

The project has  three main objectives which include: 1) Installation and operation of RE systems as practical examples in schools and on the premises of community service organizations which will serve as demonstration centres.  2) Sensitisation to RE concepts to the wider public through knowledge management tools (fairs, workshops and media) and 3) Education and training of youths involved in the project to the RE industry.  The project is currently in stage one, and the most recent activity included the installations of seven solar units - four of which were conventional solar panel units, for example at Goodwill Industries, where the school has utilised their solar unit to fuel their current aquaponics system; and three were solar charging stations, for example at Birdsong Academy, where youths were able to charge their cellphones.

Today,  in commemoration for World Environment Day, UNATT is playing its part, by showcasing the successes of the project thus far and raising awareness of Renewable Energy (RE) concepts and the impact this change can have on Climate Change - not only in our country but on an international scale. This RE project is aligned to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) formulated by the United Nations and is specifically connected to the recently signed Paris Agreement on Climate Change (signed on Earth Day – 22nd April, 2016) which stemmed from the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21).  This agreement was not only signed by Trinidad and Tobago but we also submitted our commitments to the reduction of carbon emissions through our Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

UNATT members, along with invited guests, are visiting one of the carded (to be installed) sites at Toco Composite School, where they will tour the location for installation and showcase its possible impact on the school and students.

For further information about the project and how you can get involved, please contact: Rhona Harris (UNATT Secretary) Office Address: 106 Woodford Street, Newtown, Port of Spain; Email: unatt60@yahoo.com and Website: http://www.unassociationtt.org/   To enquire on applying for GEF SGP grant funding, please visit: http://www.tt.undp.org/ or www.facebook.com/GEFSGPTT. Applicants can contact the GEF SGP via email on registry@undp.org.tt or call on 623 7056 ext. 252 or 254.

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