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  1. EXETER PUBLIC SCHOOL:Carbon Footprint Project Report and Next Steps Presented by Stephen Boles, MSc President, Kuzuka Ltd. Exeter, Ontario

  2. About KUZUKA 1wake up 2emerge 3grow (kü·zü·ká) Swahili verb: Our Services Include… Greenhouse Gas Inventories / Carbon Footprinting Carbon Credit Project Development Green Event Planning Corporate Sustainability Planning

  3. KUZUKA Clients and Community Involvement

  4. What is a Carbon Footprint? A carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated through the direct or indirect operation of a business or organization (e.g. school). • SCOPE 3: • Can be harder to quantify • Indirect emissions generated off-premises (e.g. commuter travel) • SCOPE 1 and SCOPE 2: • Easiest to measure • Greatest potential $$ savings if reduced

  5. Why Care About EPS’ Carbon Footprint? Can help you identify areas where GHG emissions can be reduced in a feasible and cost-effective way. An effective method to communicate the Board’s sustainability efforts using a concept that the public understands. Is an excellent resource to teach environmental concepts to students. • Works with the ecological literacy component of the Eco-Schools program • Complements the province’s ‘Acting Today/Shaping Tomorrow’ environmental education framework

  6. EPS Carbon Footprint Components and Boundaries ITEMS EXCLUDED: grounds maintenance equipment (lawn cutting, snow removal), personal vehicle drop-offs, life cycle emissions of purchased products

  7. EPS Carbon Footprint Data from AMDSB

  8. EPS Carbon Footprint Calculation Methods • A respected and internationally-recognized set of tools for calculating organizational greenhouse gas emissions • Used for all GHG emissions except emissions from waste • A non-profit organization that has developed a set of location-specific GHG calculation tools for educational institutions • Used for waste-related EPS greenhouse gas emissions

  9. EPS Carbon Footprint: Results 37.5 Tonnes 114.5 Tonnes 51.9 Tonnes EPS’ 2007-2008 Carbon Footprint

  10. EPS Scope 1 Emissions (Fuel + Energy Combustion) Scope 1 emissions… … are the largest component of EPS carbon footprint (over 50% of total emissions). … have remained largely unchanged over the past three years. … are closely linked to outside temperature, as the majority of Scope 1 emissions are consumption of natural gas for cooling/heating. *Buses only account for about 16% of EPS’ Scope 1 emissions.

  11. EPS Scope 2 Emissions (Electricity) Scope 2 emissions… … are the second largest component of EPS carbon footprint (approx. 25% of total emissions). … have decreased by almost 16% over the past 3 years. Why the decrease? • Energy conservation and awareness efforts at EPS have increased. • Student enrolment has declined by about 15% over the past three years. Because much of Ontario’s electricity comes from fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas), GHG are created in the generation of that power. These Scope 2 emissions are attributed to the electricity consumer.

  12. EPS Scope 3 Emissions (Indirect Sources) Scope 3 emissions… … are the smallest component of EPS carbon footprint (approx. 18% of total emissions). Waste-related emissions will decrease significantly in the 2008-09 footprint due to an aggressive waste reduction campaign that has reduced EPS waste by almost 50%!

  13. Communicating Carbon Footprint to the Students In addition to the comprehensive carbon footprint report, we have created a student-friendly version to communicate the results to the kids.

  14. Communicating Carbon Footprint to the Students

  15. Next Steps Carbon Footprint Tool For AMDSB Schools

  16. Contact Thank you! Stephen Boles, EPS Eco-Team Kuzuka Ltd. Exeter, Ontario (519) 235-6250 www.kuzuka.net sboles@kuzuka.com