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Wattwize (2005-2013)

Wattwize was an interactive electricity program that built a culture of conservation in schools across the Greater Toronto Area. From 2005 to 2013, we supported and coached over 13,500 elementary and high school students to understand and audit their energy consumption using wattmeters, and to reduce their electricity use in schools. We also facilitated the development and implementation of their conservation plans. These included posting stickers around light switches to remind teachers and students to turn off the lights when the room is not in use. One class even created a papier-mâché pig called the “energy hog” that was given to a teacher who was not following best practices in energy consumption at school.

In 2012 and 2013, EcoSpark facilitated a series of community events at Toronto public schools to engage the community at large around energy conservation in the school and the home. After having directly worked with students in Wattwize, students were able to showcase their new knowledge about energy conservation and act as experts for their teachers, school community, and community with displays and presentations. These events were fun and informative with presentations from other groups such as Project Neutral and Bullfrog Power. The events saw great interactions between the students and their community. In total, our four community events reached 1,225 teachers, students, parents and other members of the community. The events were held at J.S. Woodsworth Senior Public School in South Scarborough, J.D. Parker Public School in North Etobicoke, and A.Y. Jackson and Francis Libermann in North Scarborough.

Resources: Teacher Guide


TD Bank Group, Ontario Trillium Foundation