“It really makes me hopeful that we can change, we can save energy, we can make Holland a better place.” —Emma Martin
When it comes to saving energy, students at Holland New Tech School and Holland Christian High School have already seen the light.
In addition to the students putting together videos highlighting Holland's 40-year Community Energy Plan, they have become huge advocates for making the small, every day changes that can contribute to conserving energy.
From turning out the lights, to better insulating their homes, the students are spreading the word on ways to help lower Holland residents' energy bills.
"Before the videos were finished, a lot of people were unaware that the plan existed," says Holland New Tech teacher Jay Woods. As a result of the students' videos, which have been viewed more than 10,000 times on YouTube, Holland residents have gained immense knowledge regarding the city's extensive energy plan.
"One group of students produced a five-minute film that tells what's in the Community Energy Plan and why it's important in five minutes better than I've been able to do it in any time span between 15 to 45 minutes," said Don Triezenberg, Holland Sustainability Committee Vice Chairman. "I'm about ready to give up and just show the students' video."
Holland Christian teacher Jim Peters says students' lives will be affected by the energy plan, "so the fact that they can be aware of this, that they can be a part of that, I think is huge."
For Holland New Tech student Emma Martin, the project has been a great learning experience. Emma has been pulling together students with video editing skills, writing scripts and coming up with "awesome" ways to explain the importance of energy plans to the local community.
"It really makes me hopeful that we can change, we can save energy, we can make Holland a better place," Emma says.