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In 2010, the Surrey School District began significantly reducing its carbon footprint through a coherent and aligned strategy of education, effective facilities management and planning.
In addition to adopting a new Energy Management Conservation Policy, the district:
 

·  Appointed a director of energy management and sustainability

·  Formed an executive-level district energy committee to integrate energy management considerations into decision-making across all schools, departments and facilities.

·   Contracted Pulse Energy to collect baseline energy use data from 28 district sites, giving students and staff a deeper understanding of how much energy we consume

 
Today, the district is on track to save more than 20 million kWh of energy by 2015. That’s enough to power more than 1,800 homes in Surrey for a full year!  
 

We’re committed
 
Surrey Schools is committed to continuous improvement and innovation.
 
The 27 largest schools and the new District Education Centre are enrolled in a Continuous Optimization Program, a multi-year, three-phase series of building energy tune-ups. 
 
The nine schools in phase one of the project will reduce carbon tonne emissions by an average of more than 27 per cent, and one secondary school will reduce emissions by more than 54 per cent. Energy savings will be achieved through small operational tweaks such as cleaning heat exchangers, replacing fan belts, and installing variable frequency drives on pumps.


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About the District Education Centre
The District Education Centre opened in 2011. Built to LEED Gold standards, the facility’s energy-saving features include a geothermal heating and cooling system, motion-sensor lights and dedicated carpool parking. By consolidating administrative operations, the DEC gives the district substantial savings in reduced energy, lease and travel costs.
 

We’re changing the way we operate
 
Changing how we operate – the materials, systems and programs we use – is essential to achieving our energy conservation goals.
 
In the last two years, the Surrey School District has invested in:
·         Computer power management software for more than 14,000 district computers.
·         New energy-efficient lighting , including retrofits at nine schools
·         Solar walls at four secondary schools
·         Installation of 32 new boilers at eight schools
It’s anticipated that our completed and ongoing energy conservation projects will save the district more than $1 million – an estimate based on certified third-party measurement and verification.
 

We’re full of bright ideas
 
lights.jpgLighting can account for up to 30 per cent of energy use. Simply changing the way we locate lights and the type and amount of light we use can reduce our energy use.
 
Lighting projects that are either completed or ongoing in the Surrey School District include new lighting controls, lighting retrofits or the installation of energy efficient lighting at almost two dozen elementary and secondary schools.
 
Already, replacing fluorescent lights at James Ardiel, AHP Matthew, Laronde, WE Kinvig and Don Christian elementaries and the installation of new lighting controls at LA Matheson and Enver Creek secondaries have given the district a cumulative savings of 271,000 kWh.
 
In addition, we’ve made use of skylights in a number of new construction projects, and installed solar walls to provide supplementary heating at four secondary schools.
 

We’re leading the way
 
With a third of almost every day spent at school or work, there are endless opportunities for the Surrey School District to provide leadership and guidance to students and staff on energy conservation.
 
The Surrey Schools’ Workplace Conservation Awareness Program, supported by BC Hydro, is an example of individuals working collaboratively together to save energy and reduce operating costs.
 
This multi-year program involves schools and other district sites participating in up to six energy conservation activities, which can be anything from putting up posters or reminders to participating in district-wide events like the Energy Conservation Cup or global events such as Earth Day.
 

We’re taking care of the future
 
Pulse Dashboard.JPEGFour schools participated in the Surrey School District’s first-ever Energy Challenge last year. During this pilot project, friendly competition between students from L.A. Matheson, Lord Tweedsmuir, Johnston Heights and Sullivan Heights secondaries saw the schools reduce their energy consumption during the week of the challenge by six per cent through a variety of measures:
 
·   Ugly Sweats Day, when students drag out their old sweatshirts and sweatpants to keep them warm while turning down the thermostat.
·   School battery collection program.
·   Cold Lunch Day in the cafeteria.
·   Turning off lights in areas with enough skylights or windows for safety.
The winner of the challenge, L.A. Matheson, reduced energy consumption by more than 2,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) or 18.2 per cent.
 
Pulse Energy first created a baseline for each participating school to represent an average school week and measured the reduction in energy consumption in real time on an online dashboard. Students were able to view their progress as desired and generated momentum by posting photos and videos on social media documenting their progress.
 
Students have also taken part in Energy Matters workshops to help them gain a greater understanding of energy use and the impact of their actions and behaviours on overall energy consumption.
 
This year, the district is again conducting an energy challenge. All 19 secondary schools will participate in the initiative, vying for the “Energy Conservation Cup.”
 

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·   Recognized for excellence in energy conservation, sustainability and design with a 2011 Clean Energy City Award from the City of Surrey. The award recognizes the district’s innovation in energy conservation and efficiency.
 
·   Winner of a 2012 Power Smart Excellence Award. The New Leader Award is given to organizations that demonstrate a “best-in-class” approach to strategic energy management planning and an ongoing commitment to energy conservation.
 
·   Woodward Hill Elementary was granted LEED Gold Certification from Canadian Green Building Council in September. The school has geothermal heating, rubber flooring and skylights in every classroom, a compost garden and carpool parking. A new environmental curriculum was created by teachers to help students increase their environmental awareness. Woodward Hill is the first school in Surrey to achieve this rating.
 

Other:
·   Bi-monthly meetings with secondary leadership students to promote energy conservation in their school   communities.
·    Presentations by BC Hydro, Metro Vancouver and others at the iDEAS 36 Conference & Energy Conservation Showcase.
·   Appointing “clean air champions” in secondary schools to promote energy conservation among their peers and in their school community.
·    Regular contests and competitions to motivate school community.
·    District ride-share website.
 
PS Leader see more at BC Power Smart Energy Savings
Session info
Time: 10/13/2019 7:01:52 PM
Host: AS76
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