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Students come up with energy conservation plan

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Welland Hydro-Electric System Corp. sparked interest in energy conservation for two Jean Vanier secondary school students.


On top of their regular studies, Samantha Pringle and Catherine Roy worked hard over a semester of their Grade 12 year, putting together an energy conservation plan for their school. Both members of school's environment club, Pringle and Roy spent months doing research and making phone calls to discover the best methods Jean Vanier could put in place to conserve energy. The pair created the plan as part of a program sponsored by Welland Hydro-Electric System Corp., in which high school students compete for the Energy Conservation and Demand Management Scholarship.


Pringle and Roy spent their time researching items such as energy efficient windows, heating systems and roofs, and called around for estimates on all materials to determine the cost of converting to eco-friendly methods. They also contacted the French Catholic school board's director of planning and maintenance, Robert Castel, to get their hands on the school's current hydro bills and blueprints for the new Jean Vanier currently being built on River Rd.

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