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Chilliwack School District Awarded for Implementing Energy Savings Projects

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alt Krahn, Chair, Board of Education, Chilliwack School District, received a plaque on behalf of the District from BC Hydro recognizing the District’s successes in implementing energy savings projects.


“The Chilliwack School District’s partnership with BC Hydro is saving them money, helping them reduce their electricity consumption, and helping them create a conservation culture throughout the district,” says BC Hydro’s Senior Key Account Manager, Education Sector, Wayne Cousins.

“Since they became a partner in BC Hydro’s Energy Manager Program in 2009, they’ve saved enough electricity each year to pay for the electricity consumed in their two largest secondary schools. In the past five years, they’ve saved or avoided spending over $1.5 million dollars in energy costs. These savings have been reinvested in the school district and the entire organization deserves credit for this success.”

Destination Conservation named the Chilliwack School District “School District of the Year 2012-2013”

On behalf of Destination Conservation, Noel Sharman, Vice-Principal, Central Elementary Community School, presented Walt Krahn, Chair, Board of Education, Chilliwack School District, the School District of the Year award for 2012-2013.
Destination Conservation Destination Conservation (DC) is a practical, student-driven, activity-based program that brings environmental education alive in schools. DC is designed to increase sustainability by helping schools conserve energy and water, reduce waste and protect the environment while saving money! A cooperative team of students, teachers, principals, custodians and parents work together with DC partners in this multi-year program. District of the Year The DC program is currently working with school districts across British Columbia and Alberta.


Last year The Chilliwack School District was welcomed to the program and focused on Energy Conservation. In the 2012-2013 school year the award was presented to SD 33 (Chilliwack). Faye Duffill, the DC Program Coordinator for SD 33 explained why.


“We chose to recognize SD 33 for a number of reasons. Firstly, the student teams were fantastic. They came to workshops enthusiastic and a willingness to learn and left full of ideas, with a determination to make a real difference to their schools culture by working on campaigns that captured the attention of the whole school. Secondly, the teachers, principals and custodians who led the teams really gave students the opportunity to take ownership of their campaigns whilst providing vital support. Finally, the program had great support from the district. SD 33 Energy Manager Brent Neufeld came to all the workshops and got students excited about what was happening specifically in their school, with real time data. Following two workshops in November and February, we wrapped up the year with a huge celebration at the Rotary Theater at Chilliwack Cultural Centre in May. Students were able to show off their projects and achievements. The sharing experience for teams was valuable, powerful and most of all, fun! Final thanks must go to Jim Edgecombe and Noel Sharman from Central Elementary for their continued support and for hosting all the DC workshops. This year the teams are working on water conservation and we can’t wait to see what they come up with!”



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