Grade School Children to Conduct Energy Audit of City Hall|
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Works and Emergency Services --- Students from St. Bartholomew Catholic
School's grade 5 class will conduct an energy audit of Toronto City Hall on
November 28, as part of a national City Hall Energy Audit program.
Sponsored the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the audit team will
look for leaks, drafts and other breaches of energy efficiency at city hall.
In addition, the students will interview employees about conservation
Students participating in a program called Destination Conservation will
conduct the audits and will present their findings to a representative of Mayor
Mel Lastman's office, highlighting efforts already in place and providing ideas
on how to reduce energy consumption where needed.
"By participating in this energy audit, Toronto is demonstrating leadership and
recognizing how energy efficiency can save money and cut pollution," said City
Councillor and FCM President Jack Layton, who will speak with the students upon
their arrival. "We are pleased to partner with Destination Conservation to
showcase this leadership and student initiative."
Students selected for their environmental achievements completed a Destination
Conservation training session in preparation for the audit. Destination
Conservation develops environmental education programs on energy and water
efficiency, and waste reduction in schools.
A breakdown of the students' planned agenda is listed below.
Other cities holding city hall energy audits are Charlottetown, Fredericton,
Halifax, Ottawa and Edmonton. Each city hall will receive a rating that sets a
benchmark for future conservation practices. FCM supports municipal government
efforts to achieve energy efficiency and related cost savings in their
buildings and community facilities through the Municipal Building Retrofit
9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Twenty-nine grade-five students, along with their teacher Kate Lannan, parents,
principal Lois Maxim and Destination Conservation representative Ian Wright
leave St. Bartholomew Catholic School via TCDSB school bus and travel to City
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Students arrive and are greeted by Heinrich Feistner, Senior Energy Consultant,
Energy Efficiency Office and Michael McCoy, Manager Facilities Operations in
the City Hall Rotunda. Councillor Jack Layton will speak to the students in the
City Hall Council Chamber. There will be short speeches and an opportunity for
questions and photos.
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The student-run audits will take place on a pre-determined route. During the
tour each student will gather information on one of these audits:
- HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning)
- draft proofing
- domestic hot water
- lighting, transportation and winter parking
- office equipment and appliances
- lights off
- bike to school, carpooling
- turn it off - office equipment
- turn it off - computer equipment
- turn it off - electrical devices
- tree planting
- outside use
- turn taps off tightly
- don't run the water
- water lawns wisely
- recycling programs
- hazardous wastes
- garbage free lunch
- don't trash it - recycle it
- double your paper
- clean green
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The students will bring a garbage-free lunch to a designated area. The
students will tally their audit results and prepare a short presentation with
recommendations for improvements and recognition of efforts already undertaken.
12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The students will present to Mayor Lastman?s representative, Jim Kamstra,
Manager of the Energy Conservation Program for all Corporate Buildings,
including City Hall. The presentation will be in the Rotunda in front of the
Hall of Mirrors.
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Students, teacher and parents return to school via school bus.