The primary aim of the Global High Schools category is to inspire future generations across the world to be responsible, sustainable citizens. The Prize hopes to encourage young people to learn about sustainability and clean energy from an early age.
The award in this category is not given for past achievements but will enable winning schools to develop clean energy projects of their own. Each school will submit a detailed proposal for a project and the Prize will fund the project’s completion. The proposed project should promote renewable energy and sustainability – which may include improvements in energy or water efficiency, or a reduction in waste – with clear, measurable benefits.
One school will win in each of the five regions: the Americas, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Asia. Each regional winner will receive up to $100,000. The final amount will depend on the project cost information in the proposal.
1.2. Submission Guidelines
The category is open to all high schools with students between 11-19 years old. The application must be supported by the school and its management.
The winning projects will show how they meet the four criteria: impact, innovation, leadership, long-term vision; explained in more detail below.
In addition, the funding from ZFEP must cover at least 80% of total project cost. The total ZFEP award is capped at $100k.
If the ZFEP does not cover the full cost of the project, that part of the project to which the ZFEP will contribute must be clearly identified and must be able to be completed and made operational, regardless of securing additional funds.
The school must have multiple years of students (ie, it cannot be a semester school).
The project should benefit the school community for several years. It should be able to be built and operational within one year.
We encourage schools to get quotes from suppliers for the cost of their project and include this estimate as an attachment to their application. This helps to make sure the project is realistic and helps us to get a clearer idea of how much the project will cost.
If you have a project that could win the Zayed Future Energy Prize, we want to know about it. Before you fill in the application below, see if your planned project meets the following key criteria: