Thunder Bay School Gets Green Makeover
McGuinty Government Helps Lower Energy Costs, Supports Green Economy
Nearly 900 high school students at Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Thunder Bay started this school year in a new, energy efficient building.
Education Minister Kathleen Wynne and Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle visited the school today. It has green-friendly features that help it conserve energy and save money. These include:
- Energy-efficient heating and ventilation systems, lighting and plumbing
- Eight per cent of the building materials are made from recycled materials
- As much as 50 per cent of construction waste was recycled.
Ontario is improving schools and making them better places to learn by building new schools, expanding existing facilities and reconfiguring space to reduce energy costs. This also creates local economic benefits and helps support a stronger, greener economy.
- Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute was built with a $31.5-million investment through the government's Prohibitive to Repair (PTR) program.
- The PTR program is part of the government's $4.8-billion Good Places to Learn initiative to renew Ontario's schools.
- Ontario is investing $600-million to help more than 1,000 schools become more energy efficient, creating and sustaining over 5,500 jobs.
“Building new schools that are more energy efficient promotes better, greener learning environments to help our students succeed ” a key ingredient to building the best possible publicly funded education system in the world.”
“Our government's significant investment in education is great news for students in Thunder Bay. This kind of support will benefit local secondary students for generations to come.”