PowerStream Inc.

PowerStream Inc.

January 16, 2007 12:33 ET

PowerStream Launches School Program on Energy Conservation

Initial pilot to reach 1,200 grade five students and their families

YORK REGION, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 16, 2007) - Approximately 1,200 grade five students and their families will be participating in an innovative and comprehensive education program over the next few months that will provide them with a framework for changing their habits when it comes to energy conservation.

The PowerStream Energy Education Program is a unique pilot project involving the largest electric utility in York Region, York Region District School Board, and York Catholic District School Board. Coordinated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), the program also involves Ontario EcoSchools, the Clean Air Partnership and York Region Health Services.

Forty-one grade five classes from 19 elementary schools located within PowerStream's service territory have been selected for this pilot, which will include a sponsored trip for each participating class to the Kortright Centre for Conservation sometime between February and June 2007.

"PowerStream is committed to doing its part in helping to build a culture of conservation in Ontario," Brian Bentz, President and CEO of PowerStream said. "Delivering an education program on energy conservation to school-age children is an important part of building such a culture."

"The establishment of this program is consistent with one of our organization's key objectives to provide people, particularly young people, with an appreciation of nature and the knowledge and experiences they need to live in a sustainable way," Brian Denney, CAO of TRCA added.

The curriculum of the PowerStream Energy Education Program is based on Ontario EcoSchools resource materials including several energy guides as well as the "20/20 The Way to Clean Air" campaign brochures. The use of these resources will enable teachers and students to complete energy reviews and action plans. Each student will also receive an "energy toolkit" from PowerStream to facilitate the lessons and exercises they need to do at home in conjunction with their parents.

The program officially began on Tuesday at the Kortright Centre, as 41 teachers from both school boards participated in a professional development workshop on how they can best engage their students to learn about energy-efficiency and then develop their own action plans for implementing energy conservation behaviours.

About PowerStream

PowerStream Inc. is one of the largest local electricity distribution companies in Ontario, providing service to more than 225,000 residential and business customers in the municipalities of Aurora, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan. It is an incorporated entity, jointly owned by the City of Vaughan and the Town of Markham.

About TRCA

Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) has been a leader in watershed management and land conservation for 50 years, helping to ensure the Toronto region is built upon a natural foundation of healthy rivers and shorelines, greenspace and biodiversity, and sustainable communities - a cleaner, greener, healthier place to live. For more information call 416-661-6600 or visit www.trca.on.ca.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact: PowerStream Inc.
    Eric Fagen
    Corporate Communications Manager
    (905) 417-6910 or Media Line (24/7): (905) 417-6937
    Email: eric.fagen@powerstream.ca
    Toronto and Region Conservation
    Renee Jarrett
    Senior Manager, Education
    (416) 661-6600 ext. 5315
    Email: rjarrett@trca.on.ca
    Website: www.trca.on.ca