BC Hydro is giving Surrey schools top marks in energy efficiency.
Both Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Surrey School District have been named as finalists for BC Hydro’s Power Smart Excellence Awards.
Kwanten was nominated in the category of Leadership Excellence. The university closely tracks, reports and evaluates how they use energy providing them with a keen understanding of how they are operating. Interval meters for electricity enhance their building management system allowing facility employees to monitor and control energy at a detailed level and to identify new energy-savings opportunities. An energy awareness and training program has been implemented for staff, students and faculty to underline Kwantlen’s commitment to energy efficiency.
Surrey Schools was nominated in the category of Power Smart Leader. As one of the largest school districts in Canada and the largest in B.C., Surrey Schools’ Energy Management Plan is on track to exceed its target of conserving 10 gigawatt hours in a year or enough to power 909 homes for a year. By 2014, it’s estimated that Power Management software alone being installed on approximately 13,000 computers will conserve 1.2 gigawatt hours per year or enough to power more than 100 homes a year.
In all, 42 businesses and individuals in British Columbia have been named as finalists for the Power Smart Excellence Awards. The bi-annual Power Smart Excellence Awards recognize best-in-class energy conservation leadership and innovation from BC Hydro customers in commercial, government, and industrial sectors as well as retail and industry partners.
The 11 categories include: Power Smart Leader; Leadership Excellence; Energy Conservation Commitment; Energy Manager; New Construction; Conservation Partner; New Technology; Consumer Product Manufacturer; National Retailer; Regional Retailer; and the Larry Bell Award for Advancing Energy Conservation.
The awards strive to not only recognize B.C. businesses and individuals for their continued efforts toward energy efficiency but to also inspire other businesses to step up and make their own commitments to conservation.
For a full list of finalists, visit www.bchydro.com/awards. The winners will be announced in October during Power Smart Month.