Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Bright Future in the Dark

Would you pay attention to how much money you spent on energy if you were constantly reminded? The Ecoleague Club at Tom Baines School set out to find out.
The Tom Baines School's Ecoleague Club
For their 2012 Mayor's Environment Expo Showcase School project, students were provided energy monitors to take home. The monitors documented how much energy common household appliances used and then offered the students clear direction for actions their families could take to reduce the energy usage. When the results were tallied, students found a 20 per cent reduction in energy consumption as a result of their monitoring efforts.

Additionally, they used a grant from ConocoPhillips to install motion-detecting light switches in their school. These switches drastically reduced the school’s energy consumption.

“We need to continue to be conscious of our actions," says Grade 9 student Priyanka Khiroya. “We take energy for granted. A lot of people in the world don’t have the privilege to light up their homes every night and we tend to forget that.”

“The projects have made an amazing awareness not only in the school but the students have brought the information they learned home and into their communities,” explains teacher, Ryan Morgan. “It’s making a positive difference across the board.”

Their project isn't just about energy reduction; awareness played a big part in their project's goal. And to that end they ensured the Ecoleague Club involved their entire school using games, prizes and pictures.

Join us at the 2012 Mayor’s Environment Expo, June 5-7 at the Municipal Building and be inspired by today’s youth leaders.

Read more about what other Showcase Schools are doing to protect land, air and water.

The Mayor’s Environment Expo thanks Encana and Calgary Transit for their partnership in the Showcase School program. Encana is sponsoring a $250 grant exclusive to the Showcase Schools. Calgary Transit is providing Showcase Schools with free transportation to and from the Expo.

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