Carbon offset proceeds are reinvested by the school boards into additional GHG emission reduction projects and climate change related education programs.
CSPI recognizes the importance of providing students with a healthy and stimulating living environment for success. It has been working for many years to implement initiatives involving the entire school community to raise awareness on environmental issues and contribute to the fight against climate change. This awareness is reflected in the implementation of energy efficiency measures, greening of school grounds, improved recycling and composting programs, etc. All school boards in Quebec play a key role in the social fabric of the communities they serve. This is especially true in disadvantaged areas where, as in Eastern Montreal, academic success depends on much more than can be done inside schools. It is in this context and precisely to extend its reach that the CSPI created the Pointe de l’Île Foundation whose mission is to “fight with all means against the scourge of dropping out of school, which too often leads to social exclusion in our youth and thus threatens the future of our society”. The Foundation’s activities are organized in collaboration with community organizations and other key players in the community to act outside the schools.
GHG emission reductions result from lower energy consumption. The various set of energy efficiency measures implemented at each building reduces emissions associated with the use of any type of energy compared to the baseline scenario by reducing total energy use. In particular, GHG emissions related to the combustion of natural gas are being reduced thanks to more efficient boilers, advanced control system and other energy conservation measures. In addition to striving to constantly improve the energy performance of its schools, the CSP is taking up the challenge of reducing the ecological footprint of its travel. It invests in charging stations and electric vehicles for service employees.
The emission reductions are the result of lower energy consumption and the use of less GHG-intensive energy sources. Project technologies include solar walls, reflective walls, thermal accumulation, HVAC controls, heat recovery, etc. Funds raised through the sale of the carbon credits, in addition to reducing GHG emissions, help support academic success and eco-citizenship education.