College instructor and Bullfrog Power customer
Bullfrog Founders Club member Trevor McIvor is an instructor at Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta, who recently signed up his home for green electricity. Bow Valley College has more than 12,000 full- and part-time students and specializes in health and business career training, academic upgrading programs for adults, and English as a second language education. Trevor has a strong interest in alternative energy in Alberta and recently took a few moments to explain how he came to be a Bullfrog Power customer and share his thoughts on helping students make sustainable choices.
When did you first develop an interest in the environment?
I first became interested in the environment in a university philosophy class. We read a book by Peter Singer, who wrote about the “common good” and how we need to be more sensitive to environmental issues since we are all part of the same world.
“We make up for the small green energy cost difference by reducing our overall energy consumption.
Why did you decide to bullfrogpower your home?
Right now, there are so many choices for consumers looking to purchase items, from cars to cleaning products. And yet, there are very few green energy alternatives out there. It’s great to see renewable energy in Alberta being offered through Bullfrog Power. I choose to support Bullfrog to ensure that green energy has a future in this province. We make up for the small green energy cost difference by reducing our overall energy consumption. We are very happy with the value.
As an educator, do you try to teach students about sustainability? Are they receptive?
Absolutely. I have introduced sustainability objectives into much of the business and industry curriculum here at Bow Valley College. These kinds of ideas spark discussions—students are thinking about how they live on a planet with limited resources. Students are also influenced by what they see around them. Many textbooks contain aspects of sustainability, and there is a lot on the subject in the media.
What are some sustainability initiatives you implement at home—in addition to choosing green power? Do you carry any of these from home to the classroom?
In our home, we have replaced all the windows and doors with highly insulated versions, and use environmentally friendly paint products with low VOCs (volatile organic compounds). We have also changed all of our light bulbs to compact fluorescents. I love to garden in the summer and buy organic food from local grocers and farmers’ markets here in the city. My wife and I can fruits and vegetables in the fall so that we are able to enjoy local produce during the winter months. We have also cut back on meat consumption to reduce our carbon footprint.
I try to let my students know about my sustainability initiatives as options for their apartments or homes. I also share responsible business ideas with my students. For example, discussing the “triple bottom line” approach that measures the success of an organization by its commitment to people, the planet and profits, has really worked to generate conversations and spark their interest in new ways of living and doing business.