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April 21, 2006 - Earth Day Update: Destination Conservation Saskatchewan

April 21, 2006

Earth Day Update: Destination Conservation Saskatchewan

The Destination Conservation Saskatchewan (DCS) program is generating both enthusiasm and results for students and schools in the Sun West and Living Sky School Divisions.

Delivered by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and sponsored by SaskEnergy and SaskPower, DCS is a practical, student-driven environmental education program aimed at helping students and staff better understand the benefits of saving energy, water, and reducing waste. On their own, the educational services of DCS can provide schools with valuable education resources and processes. Schools benefit most, however, if the program is integrated with technical services to reduce energy consumption in schools.

"Through our Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) program, SaskPower offers a comprehensive energy management solution, including energy audits, engineering design, technical installation, and financing options," said SaskPower's Vice-President of Customer Services, Judy May.

Since becoming involved in SaskPower's EPC program in 2005, several schools within the Sun West (formerly Rosetown) School Division have undergone upgrades to lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation systems, thereby improving energy efficiency and reducing energy-related operating costs. Annually, these upgrades result in over $45,000 in energy and water savings and prevent more than 300,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions.

Schools within the Living Sky (formerly LandsWest) School Division are also undergoing similar changes through this project, which is nearing completion. Once fully implemented, the upgrades will result in annual savings of more than $69,000, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 350,000 kilograms every year.

"It's great to see students enthusiastic and engaged in learning about environmental issues that affect us all," said SaskEnergy's Executive Vice-President, Dean Reeve. Excited about school projects, like recycling and energy efficiency, students are implementing measures in their own home and educating their parents at the same time. Supporting environmental education in our schools has a ripple effect - the students' enthusiasm and learning spills over into their own homes and communities.

DCS coordinator Angie Bugg said that the creativity of the students is what drives the program. "Through DCS, we help students to develop their knowledge base, helping them to make more informed decisions as it relates to energy conservation," said Bugg. Students are encouraged to develop conservation programs and encourage their fellow students to participate. Such programs have included lights-out campaigns, composting, garbage-free lunches, and recycling programs.

Students and staff in the Sun West and Living Sky School Divisions will celebrate their environmental commitment during upcoming year-end activities. The Sun West celebration will be held May 16 in D'Arcy, with the Living Sky celebration being held May 23 in Unity.

For further information on DCS, visit www.environmentalsociety.ca

For More Information, Contact:

Larry Christie          Dave Burdeniuk
SaskPower             Manager, Communications
(306) 566-3167        SaskEnergy
(888) 536-0000        (306) 777-9842

Angie Bugg
Energy Conservation Projects Coordinator
Saskatchewan Environmental Society
(306) 664-2656