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MONTREAL, MARCH 21, 2011 – With April 22nd quickly approaching, the English Montreal School Board is proud to have Ecosystem on board as the official sponsor of Earth Day, ensuring that schools throughout the EMSB will be able to engage in various activities with the ultimate goal of bettering the planet.

Since last year, Ecosystem has helped Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North, Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School in St. Leonard, Royal Vale School in Montreal, LaurenHill Senior Campus and the facility which houses LaurenHill Junior Campus, Fraser Academy and St. Laurent Adult Centre in St. Laurent and James Lyng High School in St. Henri reduce their carbon footprint to a combined total of 2,480 tons of green house gasses, equivalent to removing 876 cars from the road. These efforts were undertaken as Ecosystem optimized the heating network and ventilation, installed more efficient hot water boilers, efficient lighting, heat recovery and geothermal heating and heat pump systems, and centralized control systems.

Working alongside the EMSB, Ecosystem has invited students across the English Montreal School Board to participate in the Défi Climat (Climate Challenge), the largest campaign to fight climate change in Quebec. The campaign is an online challenge which invites private citizens to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by committing themselves to changing aspects of their living habits.

Additionally, Ecosystem and the EMSB have created a new energy efficiency website in which students will be able to learn about this campaign and how to cut greenhouse gas emissions in their daily lives.

Schools already registered in the Defi Climat are: James Lyng High School in St. Henri, Fraser Academy and LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent, Pierre de Coubertin in St. Leonard, Lester B. Pearson school in Montreal North, and Royal Vale school in N.D.G. These schools will be receiving posters and information courtesy of Ecosystem to ensure a great amount of student participation.

Spiritual Animators at all other EMSB schools and centres are encouraged to register their schools for the Defi Climat. Upon registration, they will receive  their own set of posters to spark student participation.

Serving as an additional incentive to the students to participate in the Défi Climat, Ecosystem has committed to giving away 12 gift certificates to Sports Experts, each with a $50 value, which will be drawn amongst all participating schools at the end of the competition. To honour individual schools for their efforts, Ecosystem will also award a plaque to the top three schools with the highest overall participation rate.

Registration for the Défi Climat takes under five minutes and simple instructions will be posted on the new Energy Efficiency website. Teachers, spiritual animators and administrators will also have access to a detailed tutorial to register their schools for the Défi Climat. Each participating school will designate one individual to collect the completed forms, which will then be entered into the contest by Ecosystem.

Students are also invited to visit at home and print out the detachable Defi Climat PDF. After filling out the questionnaire, they can hand in their completed forms to their respective spiritual animators who will then enter them in the contest along with their peers across the EMSB.

In 2010, 1,191 organizations participated in Défi Climat, which included 6,155 children who registered in a special youth program. In all, 73,445 tonnes of greenhouse gasses were saved, which is the equivalent of removing 19,769 cars from the road for an entire year. 
For more information on the Défi Climat, please visit:
To see the EMSB’s new environment website and for internal information regarding the Défi Climat, please visist:


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213