La Ruche wants to reduce its quantity of waste and its GHGs

ENVIRONMENT. La Ruche Secondary School involves its students in its ecological transition approach, the objective of which is to reduce the quantity of waste, the carbon footprint and the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by this educational institution. Magogoise.

All students attended a presentation on their school’s carbon footprint during Environment Week, the culmination of which was Earth Day on April 22.

A specialized firm, Lab 22, took the opportunity to reveal a complete portrait, including the energy consumed and a characterization of residual materials. We learn that the carbon footprint of the establishment is estimated at 228.4 tonnes of carbon emitted (tCO2e).

According to Lab 22, this toll is equivalent to 228 round trips between Montreal and Vancouver. It would be necessary to plant 9,136 trees to offset these emissions, but La Ruche only distributes 1,400 per year. “It’s very difficult to compare with other secondary schools, but La Ruche is still average,” says Laurence Fauteux, ecological transition advisor at Lab 22.

92% of emissions come from the consumption of natural gas for heating. “The presence of geothermal energy in La Ruche is rare for a school, but it does not meet all the electricity needs,” adds Ms. Fauteux. According to this organization, it would be wise to check eligible programs to modify the heating system.

In terms of transportation, the school bus represents the main means of transportation for students in a proportion of 65%. However, 80% of staff members use the car alone to get to work.

According to a characterization of residual materials carried out from November 7 to 9, 2023, all users of La Ruche produce 30 tonnes of waste annually. The contents of trash cans, recycling and compost are therefore equivalent to the weight of 4.5 elephants or 14 sports utility vehicles (SUVs) full of trash. Once again, La Ruche is among the average of Quebec schools, according to the Social and Environmental Innovations Laboratory (LAB 22).

The objective of this approach is to raise awareness among students and improve the carbon footprint, which will be redone in approximately two years. An action plan will soon be unveiled to achieve the targets.


The contents of the trash cans are poorly sorted with a contamination rate of 75%

Organic materials represent almost half of the contents of trash cans

The recycling contamination rate is 19%

Compost is best sorted with contamination of only 1%

  • The environmental analysis carried out at La Ruche estimates the quantity of waste produced at 30 tonnes per year, including final waste, composting and recycling. (Photo Le Reflection du Lac – Dany Jacques)



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