Can Pace “Go Clean”?

Lauren Costa

Sustainability can be defined as responsible use of resource over an indefinite period of time. Responsible resource use has become increasingly more important as human population continues to grow and consume natural resources at an unprecedented rate. James Griffin states “In industrialized economies, clean energy becomes increasingly important as a policy goal as incomes rise and standards become more exacting, and it will probably always be so as those standards remain perpetually out of reach. Indeed, today there is no perfectly clean technology free of some negative attribute”. Witht that being said the overarching challenge is to make that transition at minimum cost and without economic disruption. Energy saving technologies will play a pivotal role. Energy efficiency is a fundamental step to reducing our impact on climate change and creating a sustainable energy future.

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As a world, country, and community, the use of natural resources as a source for energy is becoming overused and destructive. It is time to put renewable resources to use within the community in hopes for a widespread result. Some renewable resources require a specific environment for the most efficiency. New and modern innovations have come into the renewable energy source spectrum that could be a beneficial component of environmental sustainability. A technology known as the Pavegen, uses the power of footsteps. It is a piezoelectric tile made completely of recycled material, that when force is placed down upon will generate a usable energy. Pavegen as a company stands for clean energy through changing human behavior. From climate change to rapidly expanding cities, we face complex environmental and social challenges. Pavegen enables people to directly engage with clean energy, to increase their understanding of sustainability issues, and to connect purposefully with brands. The new, creative technically is a multifunctional custom flooring system. As people step on the tiles, their weight causes electromagnetic induction generators to vertically displace, which results in a rotatory motion that generates off-grid electricity.

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The use of the Pavegen has a deeper future impact. It has not only the power to generate electricity, but also influences community togetherness. In a case study performed at Simon Langton School, in which an energy walk way was implemented, the students and faculty felt a personal contribution to the renewable energy system. This case study also coincides with a survey done that resulted in 79% of people admitting they would go out of their way to generate clean and efficient power. The Pavegen system adds to the community and allows individuals to feel as though they are making a real difference. Yes, the Pavegen system will help achieve environmental sustainability, but it will also create a community bond that will really change the meaning behind “go clean.”

Could pace “go clean” and install a Pavegen walk way on campus?

The engagement of students is what will make or break the success of the Pavegen on campus. Without footsteps, the energy will not be generated and collected for use. It is necessary that once the word of the system is out, that students will continually make their way across the Pavegen tile daily. If the students understand that each of their footsteps makes a significant difference, it is assumed they will go out of their way to generate clean energy. Students will benefit from the project by generating clean and efficient energy for their school’s campus, while engaging in fitness simultaneously. With the help from students on campus, we could make flyers and have some sort of ceremony to bring attention to the Pavegen system. This project will truly only be successful, if the Pace community is able to unify and work together to generate energy.



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