The Richmond School District has taken a proactive role in environmental stewardship for many years. Facilities have been constructed, renovated and retrofitted with energy conservation in mind, schools and other District sites have undertaken paper recycling programs and other waste reduction measures, custodial practices have changed to reduce packaging and incorporate more environmentally friendly cleaning products, and a number of other initiatives have been implemented to do our part in greening our operations. However, we need to do far more in the areas of climate action, conservation of non-renewable resources, water and the environment, and contribution to sustainable region principles established by Metro Vancouver.
The District Sustainability and Climate Action Plan is the strategy the Richmond School District is currently developing to reach our targets of 50% greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2030 and net zero operations by 2050.
The Climate Change Projections Summary is an assessment of potential risks and vulnerabilities due to climate change and extreme weather events for three exemplar district facilities.
Building Temperature Awareness Campaign!
SD38 is launching a Building Temperature Awareness Campaign to raise awareness about how our schools are heated and cooled and what you can do if you are too hot or cold.
Heating our schools accounts for approximately 90% of the District’s greenhouse gas emissions, which affect climate change. Keeping the temperature at an efficient temperature can help keep building occupants comfortable, help the environment and save money.
Notice your building is too hot or cold? Read these tips to learn (click on links for posters):
- Fun Facts: Learn how our school’s heating and cooling system works
- Top Tips: Easy things you can do if you’re too hot or cold
- FAQs and how to report an issue
Our facilities team will work hard to solve technical problems. But we also need you to do your part!
Please download, print and post the above posters and information in your classrooms and offices.
Pertinent District Policies, Regulations and Guidelines:
- Policy 512.14.1 - Environmental Stewardship
- Regulation 512.14.1-R - Environmental Stewardship
- Administrative Guideline 512.14.1-G - Environmental Stewardship
- Administrative Guideline 512.14.1-G - Energy Conservation
- Administrative Guideline 512.14.1-G - Grounds Greening
- Administrative Guideline 512.14.1-G - Sustainable Purchasing
- Administrative Guideline 512.14.1-G - Sustainable Transportation
- Administrative Guideline 512.14.1-G - Waste Management
- Administrative Guideline 512.14.1-G - Water Management