The GAIA Project

Green Awareness In Action

The Green Awareness in Action (GAIA) project is a European project in the frame of Horizon2020 programme which focuses on the educational community, faculty, staff, students and parents at various levels of education, from primary and secondary to high schools and universities. Targeting energy efficiency in the context of the educational community is clearly very important due to a number of reasons:

  • Raising awareness among young people and changing their behavior and habits concerning energy usage is key to achieving sustained energy reductions
  • Educating children and young people to adopt energy-efficient habits will also indirectly affect their immediate family environment
  • Buildings are the pivotal center of our lives
  • Historically, energy expenses in schools have been treated as relatively fixed and inevitable

GAIA will create an innovative ICT ecosystem (including web-based, mobile, social and sensing elements) tailored specifically for school environments, taking into account both the users (faculty, staff, students and eventually parents through their children) and buildings (schools, universities, homes) that will motivate and support citizens’ behavioral change to achieve greater energy efficiency.

GAIA’s consortium includes a mix of private and public school entities, universities and administrative buildings in the educational domain to conduct a well-designed set of trials. It also covers a wide range of important fields, aiding a structured research approach. GAIA includes partners from 5 European countries, aiming for the implementation and testing of a pan-European approach, a mix that will guarantee a better match of the constructed solutions to the actual differences in lifestyle and behaviours related to the different cultures, as well as different requirements dictated by the variance in the physical environment.

During the project lifetime specifice schools will participate in the project by applying the provided educational scenarios and using the GAIA digital ecosystem. The schools are located in Greece, Italy and Sweden. The participating schools per country follow: 

Greece:

  • 1st Junior High School of N. Philadelphia
  • 1st Junior High School of Rafina
  • 8th Junior High School of Patras
  • Primary School of Lygia (Leukada)
  • Primary School of Megisti (Kastelorizo)
  • Junior High School of Pentavrisos (Kastoria)
  • Experimental Junior High School of Patras (Laggoura)
  • 1st Technical Highs School of Patras
  • 1st Laboratory Centre of Patras
  • 46th Primary School of Patras
  • 2nd Primary School of Paralia (Patras)
  • 6th Primary School of Kaisariani
  • 5th Primary School of N. Smirni
  • Primary School of Philothei
  • 3rd Primary School of N. Philadelphia

Italy:

  • Gramsci Keynes School in Prato
  • University of Sapienza (Rome)

Sweden:

  • Söderhamn technical high school complex – Staffangymnasiet

 

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