Students at Isfeld and Vanier secondary schools recently each received a $2,400 and a $1,500 conservation grant respectively from BC Hydro for their commitment to advancing sustainability at their school.
The students are a part of BC Hydro’s Energy Ambassador’s team and look for ways to help their school community use energy wisely and build a culture of sustainability.
Isfeld Secondary applied for a grant to install daylight sensors in the school’s front foyer while implementing vending machine misers.
The team at Vanier Secondary are recycling two ineffienct fridges and replacing them with an Energy Star fridge.
When asked about her motivations in becoming an Energy Ambassador, Mark Isfeld Secondary student Kayla Swing stated, “Our club participated last year and found it a great way to get new ideas for creating an environmentally friendly school.”
“These students are energy conservation leaders in their communities,” said Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas. “I commend them for making a tangible diference at their schools and setting a great example for the rest of us to follow.”
• BC Hydro’s Energy Ambassadors school program is an awareness and leadership program helping school communities use energy wisely while building a culture of sustainability.
• Students in the program participate in two student workshops, receive ongoing support and access to online resources.
• The Energy Ambassadors can apply for conservation grants for their projects. To be eligible, the school teams must complete an energy audit of their school and a survey of teachers and students about their energy consumption.
• Students must use what they learn to target areas for change.
For more information or to register your school, visit www.bchydro.com/firstwave.
— BC Hydro