Master of Environmental Studies Capstone Projects

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Presented to the Faculties of the University of Pennsylvania in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Environmental Studies 2006.


Latin America is going under political changes because of the influence of Globalization, particularly in the electricity sector. The electric utility of every country is undergoing changes in their structure because the supply of electricity does not meet growing demand. A consequence of this incapacity of satisfying the demand is the growing dependency on fossil fuels to generate electricity.

Regions around the world are using a strategy alternative to fight against this dependency: energy-savings education. For example, the US and the European Union have labels and user guides on their products to tell the consumer how much electricity consumption each appliance requieres. Other countries like India have taken a broader approach through tests verifying the student population’s knowledge.

Since 1994, Honduras has started energy-savings education through the help of Argentina and the European Union. This education was given through a voluntary effort from schools, the National Electric Energy Utility (ENEE) and some other governmental institutions. There have been some achievements through all these years, but the results could have been better if all the Honduran high schools were aware of this educational material. In addition, there are no education guidelines for the high school level, causing the schools not to have parameters or indicators of the quality of education given, especially concerning to the environment and energy.



Date Posted: 29 October 2007