Mohawk College has climate change partners:College and nine school boards collaborate to reduce carbon footprint

Mohawk College has announced an historic agreement that will see 270,000 students in and around the Hamilton area learn first-hand how they can reduce carbon footprints in their schools.

The Climate Change Leaders initiative includes the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School board and seven other school boards from Brantford to Niagara.

Mohawk officials say the initiative has the potential for young people to play a more active role in reducing school carbon emissions while helping Canada move one step closer to meeting its obligation to the Paris accord.

The college will introduce micro-credits in Climate Change and related topics for students, teachers and staff.

Mohawk officials say transforming schools to lower carbon will require school boards to examine deep building system retrofits for mechanical and electrical building systems. Once most of the energy waste is removed, the next phase is to develop on-site renewable energy systems such as solar, geothermal and battery storage.

The partners have signed a non-binding, collaborative memorandum of understanding, agreeing that the climate crisis is well documented, that greenhouse gases must be dramatically reduced as we move to a low-carbon economy.