Lower carbon footprints at Woodland Elementary

Nicholas Mercer nmercer@cbncompass.ca
Published on July 3, 2014
Students from Gerald McCarthy's (back) Grade 4 in Woodland Elementary in Dildo are shown here with a solar panel. The group have been using the solar panel to help learn about solar energy.
Submitted photo

The students and staff at Woodland Elementary in Dildo took steps this year to lower the school’s carbon footprint.


A carbon footprint is defined as the total sets of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organization, event, product or person.

At the school, Gerald McCarthy’s Grade 4 classes learned about solar energy, solar energy and the scientific process. In their lessons, students performed experiments to gain more knowledge on the subject.

One of these experiments compared three different types of light bulbs in order to find which ones used the most energy. They compared the regular incandescent bulbs, fluorescent bulbs and LED bulbs.

Through their findings, they determined the LED bulbs used the most energy, with florescent bulbs coming in a close second.

The class even went as far as to purchase their own solar panel, converter and battery to further their educational exploits and learn how solar energy works.

The group secured $1,000 funding from the Youth Engagement Funding Initiative through the Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador.