The City of Charlottetown has hired an Energy Efficiency Coordinator for a fifteen week contract to complete audits of City facilities and oversee improvements to the energy efficiency of City facilities.
Nicholas Cahill, a recent graduate of the Holland College Energy Systems Engineering Technology program, will start his new position with the City this week. His education and experience will be valuable while identifying opportunities for the City to reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs for City facilities.
Conducting energy audits of municipal buildings and infrastructure to identify avenues to improve energy efficiency is identified as one of the recommended actions of the City’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. Reducing energy use will contribute to the lowering of greenhouse gas emissions – a key element in mitigating climate change and improving air quality.
"We are eager to see what opportunities are identified during this project and the impact our energy efficiency pilot projects will have on our overall energy consumption," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "This work makes sense on so many levels. Not only are we able to make a positive impact on the environment by lowering our greenhouse gas emissions, but we are able to find ways to reduce the costs of operating our facilities. This is a benefit to the tax payers of Charlottetown and all the members and visitors of our community."
The City received funding from Career Development Services through its Career Pathways program to help cover Nicholas Cahill’s wages during his term with the City. This funding program aims to provide young graduates work experience in their field of study and support employers in hiring new graduates under 30 years of age.
"We are grateful to have the opportunity to access this funding and provide a contract position for Mr. Cahill to complete this important work," said Councillor Bob Doiron, Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee. "His work will be a great asset to the City and will provide him with valuable workplace experience which will be win-win for all those involved."
The City has had interns from the Energy Systems Engineering Technology program over the last three years working on smaller scale versions of this project. The ESET program is a two-year program that teaches students about different types of traditional and renewable energy production and the green building principles that can improve the efficiency of residential and commercial facilities.
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