The City of Charlottetown wishes to thank Holland College for the valuable services offered through its on-the-job training program.
The City participated in the on-the-job training program through the Holland College Energy Systems Engineering Technology (ESET) Program. A second-year intern, Darcie Lanthier, worked on two projects for the City in the areas of water and energy efficiency. Graduates from the ESET program are trained to conduct energy and water audits and to identify opportunities to reduce resource use and lower building operating costs.
"We were very impressed with the skill set of Ms. Lanthier and the relevance her work has to our operations," said Deputy Mayor Stu MacFadyen. "This is a great opportunity for us as a municipality to make use of the skill set of these students and graduates to improve the efficiency of our operations and to support the reduction of energy and water use in the City. This makes perfect sense in upholding our commitment to sustainability. We would like to see more awareness around this valuable program – these graduates are available and we hope to see more of this kind of work happening, especially in public facilities."
The first project with Lanthier was a light survey conducted on several City buildings including City parking garages. The City has been going through the process of updating lighting to more energy efficient and cost-effective LED bulbs over the past few years. Several new opportunities were identified where lighting could be improved and operating costs lowered through the survey.
"Through this project we were able to identify many areas for improvement," said Councillor Terry Bernard, Chair of the Public Works, Street Lighting and Transit committee. "Not only will this contribute to the overall sustainability of our operations but it can lead to cost savings for the department to ensure that tax dollars go further."
The second project involved working with City restaurants to identify areas where water use could be reduced.
"The intern was able to identify opportunities for restaurant owners to reduce their water consumption but still get the job done." said Councillor Edward Rice, chair of Water and Sewer Utility. "There is no shortage of interest in conservation among Utility customers; they want to conserve for the cost-savings as well as to know they’re doing their part to reduce overall water demand in the City."
The City will be looking to implement some of the improvements recommended through the light survey in 2014. The recommendations made in the restaurant water audits will be reviewed with restaurant management and many will make the changes to lower their water demand.
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