A high-school team from Winnipeg is off to Sweden for the Volvo Adventure finals, an international initiative for students to identify and solve local environmental problems.

Volvo Adventure is an environmental problem-solving program for young people created by Volvo Car Corporation in partnership with the United Nations.

The program encourages 13- to 16-year-olds to plan and execute environmental protection efforts in their local community. The projects are submitted online and one team from each participating country is awarded an all expenses paid trip to Sweden to present their project to a panel of judges.

The Sustainable Development Committee of Vincent Massey Collegiate has drafted and begun enacting a plan to reduce the energy required to power and heat their school.

The team of students departed for Goteborg, Sweden last week to present their project “Energetic Energy Education” to judges from Volvo Car Corporation and the United Nations and an audience of international peers.

Motivated to find ways to demonstrate the viability of alternative energy, they decided to focus on their school. Their Energetic Energy Education project involves a four-stage plan to reduce their school’s energy consumption. In 2006 the team drafted a plan to purchase and integrate a wind turbine and solar cells into the school’s power grid, to install a green roof to reduce heating costs and to construct a greenhouse to grow food. The group plans to provide the school’s cafeteria with vegetables and to donate the rest to a nearby mission for the homeless. The team also plans to use biodegradable waste as compost to help replenish the soil in the greenhouse.