Wednesday, February 25, 2015

School Board

LEEDing the Way

Chilliwack School District gets certified in sustainability program

By Carrie Pratt, SD33/Handout photo


Dale Churchill, SD33 Director of Facilities and Transportation, (L to R), Evelyn Novak, Superintendent, Chilliwack School District along with Trustees Dan Coulter and Sylvia Dyck show off the new LEED Certification plaque at the last Board meeting.


t its regular Board of Education meeting on September 17th Superintendent Evelyn Novak, along with Dale Churchill, Director of Facilities and Transportation, presented an overview of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) recieved Canada Certification Project for the Chilliwack Secondary Campus Building.


A plaque and certificate were presented to the Board and will be displayed on site in recognition of the district’s commitment to sustainability by meeting the highest performance standards.

The Canada Green Building Council is a not-for-profit, national organization that has been working since 2002 to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada. LEED is an internationally recognised system based on a range of principles and practices that reduce the environmental impact linked to the construction and operation of green buildings.

Buildings generate up to 35 per cent of all greenhouse gases, 35 per cent of landfill waste comes from construction and demolition activities, and 80 per cent of all water is consumed in and around buildings. It’s clear that making buildings greener can have a significant impact on larger environmental goals.

LEED Certified buildings meet one of the highest environmental performance standards in the world, assessed by site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, material selection, indoor air quality and innovation in design. B.C. wood was utilized throughout this building.

Green buildings create a healthier working environment for staff and students, through better air ventilation and more natural daylight, reducing waste, conserving energy, decreasing water consumption, and driving innovation.

This new 21st century, energy efficient learning environment is one we can all be proud of.



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