Thomas Cole Inc. has over 30 years’ experience in developing both energy-performance contracts with school districts and related communications and community-engagement strategies. We also have 20 years of experience in providing an occupant-behaviour component. Over 2,500 schools in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan have received $500 million in school-renewal projects generated by over $50 million in energy savings, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 20%. Campus facilities that have worked with TCI on renewal projects have also seen a 20% reduction in GHGs.
For the past 20 years, TCI has developed strategies that align and engage learning communities in sustainable practices in over 3,000 schools, colleges and universities, and in the clean-tech sector.
In the mid-to-late 1990s, we spearheaded the Better Schools Partnership® (BSP), a brand strategy that generated new capital for school-building renewal, resulting in an enhanced learning and teaching environment. In 2005 a new strategy was developed and launched – QTLE (Quality Teaching and Learning Environments) – which addressed school-building hindrances that impact teaching and student learning.
In 2003, TCI co-created EarthCARE (EC), An Environmental Youth Leadership Program, for students in Grades K-12. This program was woven into the provincial curriculum, and engaged 100,000 students in their schools’ efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). EC also trimmed millions of dollars of waste through recycling, improved water management and other key efforts.