The Energy Efficient Eagles, a group of students at Errol Village Public School in Camlachie, has won a $2,500 prize plus a $500 charitable donation to the Sarnia and District Humane Society in a contest designed to demonstrate energy conservation.
The initiative, sponsored by Shell Canada and Canadian Geographic Education, was created to inspire grades K to 12 students across Canada to conserve energy.
From February 4 to April 25, participating classrooms completed challenges like the One Hour, No Power, where classes saved energy by turning off lights and equipment, resulting in more than 3,600 hours without electricity. Students also saved more than 300,000 plastic bags from entering landfills and conserved more than 400,000 litres of water, almost double what was saved in the 2018 challenge.
This year, nearly 1,400 classrooms from across Canada participated in the Challenge, one of the highest response rates since the program started in 2011.
Going an hour without power, calculating your carbon footprint, and teaching your family how to use less water are just a few of the 16 energy-related challenges that more than 27,000 students from across Canada took part in during the 8th annual Classroom Energy Diet Challenge.
“The classes that participate in the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge develop a clearer understanding of the value of energy,” said Gilles Gagnier, chief operating officer and publisher of Canadian Geographic Enterprises. “Best of all, this next generation of Canadians is getting valuable hands-on experience in reducing their energy use, which they’ll take with them throughout their lives.”