4.  Energy:

  • To ensure availability and sustainable use of water and sanitation for Bishops.

4.1 Bishops to have established the use of renewable sources to be 80–100% off grid.
4.2 All new builds, alterations or construction changes to have their plans inspected by a yet-to-be established panel or process prior to its commencement or continuation, so as to ratify its appropriateness in terms of the Bishops guidelines of sustainability, energy efficiency and use of renewable energy where possible/feasible.
4.3 All major renovations and retrofits need to reduce non-renewable energy and use renewable energy options where possible.
4.4 Bishops will be using ecological design to improve energy efficiency (e.g. plantings outside buildings and vertical gardens).
4.5 Reduce motor traffic on campus and improve the through-flow of traffic by implementing “no-car” zones, therefore reducing idling and carbon emissions.
4.6 Set up a renewable energy pilot study on Bishops campus, trying and testing renewable energy solutions in a systemic way.
4.7 Install energy monitoring system to establish current energy usage.
4.8 Retrofitting energy saving devices in all buildings on Bishops (e.g. energy saving lights, AAA refrigeration, double glazing in windows, solar geysers, habitation sensors, timers on geysers).
4.9 Insulating buildings to reduce the need for heating and cooling.
4.10 Continue engaging with Terra-firma software (boys and operations staff) to gain a better understanding of energy consumption
4.11 Explore setting up a renewable energy pilot study on Bishops campus, trying and testing renewable energy solutions in a systemic way.
4.12 Conduct visual surveys on all energy usage on campus (e.g. energy appliances to be surveyed in in each house).
4.13 At Bishops, continue with immediate strategies being implemented across the school to reduce the number of electrical appliances and their more efficient usage by boys and staff (e.g. reduce number of fridges in boarding houses, and filling up freezers in the kitchen with bottles of water).
4.14 Continue introducing immediate strategies to reduce energy consumption in all parts of the school (e.g. in each house, based on the surveys, develop context-specific strategies to reduce energy consumption).
4.15 Review Terra-firma method of reporting energy wastage and if necessary implement improved method for all boys and staff on campuses.