Ontario greens over 1,000 schools, leading to over 5,500 jobs

    McGuinty Government Invests In Green Economy And Fights Climate Change

    TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is creating and sustaining over 5,500 new jobs in the green
economy by improving schools.
    More than 1,000 publicly funded schools will be made more energy
efficient to give kids better places to learn and help boards save energy and
money. Construction will start as soon as this summer.
    The $550-million investment over two years will help existing schools:

    -  Retrofit buildings with new energy efficient heating, ventilation
       and air conditioning systems and boilers.
    -  Conduct energy audits to help manage and conserve energy.
    -  Upgrade to improve the learning environment for students currently
       learning in inefficient rooms.

    The investment will save school boards money by reducing energy bills and
will create jobs in Ontario's new green economy   
    Ontario schools are also teaching kids how to be more environmentally
friendly. Starting in the fall of 2009, environmental education will be added
to the curriculum in every subject in every grade. And programs such as
EcoSchools (http://www.ontarioecoschools.org/index.html) are teaching students
about conserving energy, minimizing waste and greening school grounds.


    "A vibrant school environment starts from the ground up. By retrofitting
our schools, we're creating jobs while saving energy and money, and teaching
our kids about greener ways to live."
    - Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

    "As we work to establish a culture of conservation here in Ontario, it's
vital that we set an example through our public infrastructure. Investing in
our schools to ensure they are more energy efficient is a top priority, one
which will also create jobs to help support a vibrant economy, as well as
contribute to a cleaner, greener environment."
    - George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and

    "Making our school facilities more energy efficient promotes better,
greener learning environments - a key ingredient to building the best possible
publicly funded education system for the world, and one that inspires
confidence in our communities and success in our students."
    - Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education


    -  This year, school boards will spend about $460 million on utility
    -  This investment will help lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce
       annual energy consumption by about 100 million megajoules per year,
       enough to power over 2,500 houses.
    -  Since 2003, the McGuinty government has invested $4.8 billion through
       the Good Places to Learn
       program. So far, almost 12,000 school renewal projects, which include
       replacing roofs, windows and boilers, are underway or completed.
    -  Certified EcoSchools use 12 per cent less electricity and 7 per cent
       less natural gas than comparable non-certified schools - there are 540
       certified EcoSchools in Ontario.


    See how Ontario is making progress (http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/english/) in
creating a green economy.

    Canada's most environmentally friendly school is scheduled to open in
Windsor (http://www.gecdsb.on.ca/Schools/newSchools/suzuki/index.htm) next

    Find out more about the greening of Ontario's schools

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