Council Matters - November 8, 2012

On November 6, the Chemainus Secondary School Green Team appeared before Council and presented an update on their activities.

Working with school staff, they have utilized BC Hydro Grants to install 4 solar panels that now supply 40% of the heat used in the school's hot water system. As well, the funding has been used for a sensor lighting project, energy efficient power bars for the computer lab, and sensor water taps and hand dryers. Overall the energy reduction initiatives have resulted in driving down electricity consumption by 17.1% and natural gas consumption by 12% since the baseline year of 2007-2008.

The Team has taken a very proactive approach to reduce the use of plastic beverage containers at the school and make metal and collapsible drink containers available. They have reduced the number of vending machines and are planning a recycling centre in that space.

To move toward the goal of zero waste, they have created a composting program and planted fruit trees and a school garden to utilize the compost. They are educating their peers about recycling and diverting organics from the waste stream.

Council was very impressed with what the Green Team has accomplished and will explore ways that North Cowichan can help support their efforts.