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Sustainability Related Projects
See what HEAL is currently doing to encourage and promote sustainable practices in their local community.
Outdoor Recycling in Prince William County Schools (PWCS), Virginia
To spearhead a robust outdoor recycling program in PWCS, the second largest school division in Virginia, to conserve resources as well as educate students on the importance of environmental sustainability and conservation.
Collaborate with PWCS Facilities Services and pilot an outdoor recycling program at one high school.
Work with school leadership to design a successful program as well as engage students on this topic.
Create a model and guidelines that can be replicated at schools around the division.
HEAL has collaborated with Prince William County Schools’ office of Energy and Sustainability to spearhead an outdoor recycling program in Colgan High School. The program has been successfully implemented at Colgan High School as of December 2021. We have also created a Roadmap for other schools in the division to adopt our outdoor recycling initiative and move towards a greener PWCS. Finally, in collaboration with Mr. Brian Gorham and Ms. Jessica Weimer, we have created a problem-based learning curriculum, called Roadmap for a Greener PWCS. PWC schools and students who are interested in implementing an outdoor recycling program can use this project outline as a project-based learning opportunity.
Check out our published documents made in collaboration with the PWCS Office of Energy and Sustainability!
Pictures and Video from Prince William County
Want to learn more about our collaboration with the Office of Energy and Sustainability?
Solar Sustainability in Chennai, India
Energy challenges can compound already existing social ones. Ashraya is a temporary housing facility in Chennai, India, that provides safe harbor to women in distress and enables them to work towards independent living. Funded by charitable organizations and donors, the facility has several limitations. Electric power supply is tenuous and wood burning stoves are still used to heat water for frugal outdoor restrooms.
To preserve health and respect the environment, HEAL aims to install solar panels ensuring energy empowerment for Ashraya’s residents. HEAL has established a strategic partnership with Rays4Hope, an organization whose mission is to combat energy poverty in developing countries through carbon-neutral solar power. We are working closely with student leaders from Rays4hope towards planning and installation of the solar panels by fall of 2022.
We have an exciting update! HEAL was able to successfully fundraise $3500 and help design the solar panel installation, in collaboration with Rays4Hope. We will continue our efforts advance the health of our planet and its people!
Creating Tiny Homes for Prince William County Homeless Community
In many major areas, homelessness is a major real world problem that needs to be solved. Many people who are homeless face horrible conditions ranging from the extreme weather conditions, lack of food/supplies, and no access to healthcare facilities to treat their conditions. A promising solution to this problem is the creation of tiny homes in which could be given to someone in need so they have a safe and secure place to live in order to help them become independent once again.
To provide these safe environments for people, HEAL has collaborated with two non-profit organizations, 4Girls4Change and H.U.G.S., each specializing in specific domains related to this project such as outreach, acquiring funding, advertising, etc.. Our collaborative goal is to find a suitable environment to build homes (in areas with public transportation, job opportunities, grocery stores, etc.). Additionally, raise funds to be able to build at least 30 tiny homes occupying up to two people.
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