Destination Conservation (DC) is a practical, student-driven, activity-based program that brings environmental education alive in schools. A cooperative team of students, teachers, principals, custodians and parents work together with DC partners in this multi-year program. DC is designed to increase sustainability by helping schools conserve energy and water, reduce waste and protect the environment while at the same time saving money.
During the 2010/2011 school year, the Destination Conservation program was delivered to 144 schools across Alberta and BC, reaching an estimated 43,000 plus students and saving approximately 3.5 megawatt hours of electricity and 15,800 gigajoules of natural gas for a greenhouse gas emission savings of 2,249 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.
Parallel to the DC schools program Elements also offers a Custodial Training program - technical workshops that help custodial staff to operate their buildings efficiently and to develop strategies to work with students and staff in their school to implement sustainability initiatives. Each half-day workshop covers two training modules as well as providing custodians an opportunity to discuss ideas and concerns with facilities department representatives, providing valuable information on building operations to both parties. Training modules include: lighting, other electrical, heating / ventilation and air conditioning, water and waste.