Canadian school district on track for significant greenhouse gas reductions

One of British Columbia's largest school districts is on track to cut greenhouse gas emissions by over a quarter, attributable in part to a lighting overhaul.

'School District 43', which serves a wide area of metropolitan Vancouver including the city of Coquitlam, is nearing the end of a five-year greenhouse gas reduction programme. It will achieve a 26 per cent decrease by the end of this year, the Tri-City News reports.

It currently has 10 lighting retrofit programmes underway across its nearly 70 schools. It has also upgraded heating and cooling systems, and implemented behavioural changes among staff and students.

The school district has had a financial incentive: the more emissions it eliminates, the less it has to pay into the Pacific Carbon Trust, a carbon offset fund mandated by the British Columbia provincial government.

Regional utility BC Hydro presented the district with a 'Top 10 Power Smart' customer award. 'You’ve more consistently achieved energy savings than other districts,' BC Hydro's education sector key account manager Wayne Cousins said at a board of education meeting. He singled out the school district's principal of energy and sustainabiilty, Dave Sands, for driving the reduction.

The cities of Coquitlam, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam were also on target for up to 30 per cent greenhouse gas reductions, the article stated.

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