Student Energy is a Canadian charity building the next generation of energy leaders who will accelerate the world’s transition to a sustainable energy future.
Complex factors currently make our energy system unsustainable. Student Energy envisions a future where energy serves the world’s needs in a way that is economically, socially and environmentally equitable, and does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
WHAT WE DO
Student Energy strives to create meaningful educational opportunities, build skills and knowledge in young people, and facilitate open debate. Student Energy engages youth in unique programs that help them become the change agents of the future and works with and within energy systems to create space for youth to have an impact and develop professionally.
Since our first summit in 2009 we have generated an impressive global reach, building a network of tens of thousands of youth and volunteers across 135 countries.
STUDENT ENERGY CHAPTERS
Student Energy Chapters are University-level clubs that work to fulfill the global organization’s mission by empowering students to take action on energy in their communities. All Chapters are led by local student volunteers. So far, Student Energy Chapters has been piloted successfully in six Universities in Alberta, Ontario, England and Nigeria, engaging over 1,000 youth. Through events and projects, students develop invaluable skills in critical thinking, creative, innovative problem-solving, team management, collaboration, and communication.
With the right support, Student Energy Chapters stands on the brink of exponential growth. This program can support tens of thousands of youth in their professional and personal development to take action in their communities. With a generation of systems-level thinkers and innovators, the world will stand well prepared to take on today’s most pressing energy issues and opportunities, while paving the way for economic growth and climate stewardship.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ENERGY SUMMIT
Student Energy’s first initiative, the International Student Energy Summit, brings together students from across the globe to cross-pollinate ideas and innovate with the world’s key energy leaders. The Summit is run by a team of students who wins the bid to host and spends two years organizing the conference while being coached by SE staff and utilizing our institutional knowledge. Since 2009 the International Student Energy Summit has been hosted on four continents, growing from 300 students from 35 countries to 600 students from 85 countries in 2017.
ENERGY LITERACY PLATFORM
Student Energy’s Energy Literacy Platform (ELP) is a revolutionary model for diving into the complex world of energy. The interactive, ed-tech platform brings energy information to the millennial generation with a dynamic energy system map, animated videos and short write ups. The ELP has been one of our organization’s greatest successes – reaching one million new user interactions in early 2017. Our reach is only growing, with a projected one million new user interactions by the end of 2017.