One third of a building’s energy consumption is directly related
to the behaviour of its occupants. This January the Board's EcoSchools Committee will be launching the 7th annual Energy Challenge and based on great previous success GECDSB staff and students prove they can reduce their energy and water use and continue to promote an energy-conscious culture. Last year, the 50 school communities that participated, as well as our Administration Building, collectively decreased their use of electricity by more than 730,000 kWh and 13,000,000 litres of water saving the Board approximately $186,000 in utility costs.
Congratulations to the participants in the Administration Building and schools listed below who demonstrated that making small changes in behaviour can make a big difference!
|Anderdon PS||Essex PS||Mt.Carmel-Blytheswood PS||Belle River DHS|
|Amherstburg PS||Forest Glade PS||Prince Andrew PS||Essex DHS|
|AV Graham PS||Forest Glade PLC||Prince Edward PS||General Amherst HS|
|Begley PS||General Brock PS||Princess Elizabeth PS||Herman Academy K-12|
|Belle River PS||Giles Campus FI PS||Queen Elizabeth PS||Kingsville DHS|
|Bellewood PS||Glenwood PS||Queen Victoria PS||Leamington DSS|
|Centennial Central PS||Gosfield North PS||Roseville PS||Massey SS|
|Central PS||Harrow PS||Sandwich West PS||PASS Mason|
|Colchester North PS||Hetherington PS||Southwood PS||Riverside SS|
|Coronation PS||King Edward PS||West Gate PS||Sandwich SS|
|Dougall PS||Lasalle PS||William G. Davis PS||Tecumseh Vista Academy K-12|
|Eastwood PS||Maxwell || ||Western SS|
|East Mersea PS||MD Bennie|| ||Westview FA|
All schools are invited to participate in the 2018 Energy Challenge, even multiple year participants.
Over a six month period, schools are asked to commit to an action plan and implement strategies involving staff and students to reduce their energy impact, such as designating an energy conservation task force, shutting off lights and equipment when not needed, participating in sweater days, reporting water leaks, having communication campaigns and reporting any temperature issues, rather than attempting to handle themselves.
As a reward for their efforts, each school will receive 25% of the utility savings realized between January and June.
Application forms have gone to each Principal and are also available through Mr. RRRbit.