WAHA First Nation’s Energy Project


The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care is leading an energy project to assist health care facilities in Ontario’s remote First Nation’s communities on the western coast of James Bay with energy efficiency, conservation, education, and training.

Work will be undertaken through a community partnership with the Fort Albany Power Corporation (FAPC) which provides electrical power to the First Nation’s community of Fort Albany and the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA), which is western James Bay's local health care organisation. The project will be led by the Coalition's health care-specific technical resource program known as HealthCare Energy Leaders Ontario (HELO).

Project partners anticipate site energy assessments will reveal a range of energy efficiency and conservation possibilities and opportunities to convert utility dollars into health care delivery thus improving the quality of health care in these First Nations communities.

Case studies and energy management guidance documents are routinely available for health care facilities in urban and southern settings, but very little exists for remote northern locations. Case studies developed for this project will provide guidance to other smaller remote northern health care facilities and enable others to develop and execute their own energy initiatives.

The overall goals of this program are:

  • Conduct energy assessment in health care buildings along the western James Bay coast.
  • Improve the energy efficiency of local health buildings.
  • Bring energy management knowledge and training to local communities and improve local technical capacity through delivery of the Building Operator Certification (BOC) course in 2017.
  • Promote energy awareness and conservation in support of the work being done by local power corporations through “Conservation on the Coast.”

 

See calendar below for upcoming project events.

 

Project Timeline

June 2016 - September 2017

Energy assessments will occur in all WAHA buildings. The pictures below
represent just four of the over twenty WAHA sites that will benefit from the
project including the Fort Albany Hospital, the Attawapiskat Hospital, the
Moosonee Ambulance Base, and the Kashechewan Ambulance Base.

 Attawapiskat Hospital

Attawapiskat Hospital

Fort Albany Hospital

Fort Albany Hospital

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Kashechewan Ambulance Base

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Moosonee Ambulance Base

Project Results:

  • Updated energy assessment for health care buildings along the western James Bay coast.
  • Knowledge of formalized energy tracking methodologies and consumption analyses.
  • Awareness of possible energy efficiency improvements for building stock and Business Case development.
  • Improved energy management knowledge and training to remote First Nation’s communities (increased local capacity).
  • Increased knowledge of energy conservation principles in communities.

Project Update September 25, 2017

We are happy to report we have had many successes throughout the course of this project including the opportunity to work with WAHA’s dedicated staff in the development of Energy Assessment Reports for all major WAHA buildings, the delivery of three Building Operator Certificate training modules to WAHA staff in multiple facilities along the coast, and the development and implementation of a new energy tracking program to assist staff in monitoring the energy purchased and consumed in WAHA’s many buildings. 

WAHA’s facility management staff was trained in Energy Efficiency Operation of Building HVAC Systems, Measuring & Benchmarking Energy Performance, and Efficient Lighting Fundamentals and they now have new skills to apply to the running of their facilities. 

We wish to thank Paul Gray and Paul Corston for their hands-on assistance throughout the project, Karin Weistche for all her administrative help in making the project a success, and to all the staff members who assisted us during the assessment phase of the project.

Project Update April 4, 2017

During the week of February 21-24, 2017, the Coalition’s HELO Lead JJ Knott delivered the first three modules of the Building Operator Certificate (BOC) course in the auditorium of the Weeneebayko Hospital in Moose Factory. A total of 11 people attended the training sessions which covered:

  • Energy Efficiency Operation of Building HVAC Systems
  • Measuring & Benchmarking Energy Performance
  • Efficient Lighting Fundamentals

If/When additional funding becomes available, the HELO Team will attempt to deliver the remaining five BOC modules to residents of western James Bay.

The Energy and Environmental Sustainability Opportunity Assessment Reports for all WAHA buildings have been completed and delivered to WAHA’s senior leaders as has WAHA’s Conservation and Demand Management Plan. 

Conservation and Environmental Sustainability Opportunity Assessment Reports for the First Nations health centres in Attawapiskat, Fort Albany and Kashechewan are completed and will be shared with First Nations leaders shortly.

The Project Team is currently working on hiring a Local Program Coordinator to assist in the development of WAHA’s new electricity/fuel tracking protocol.  

 

Instructor JJ Knott (second from right) and attendees of the Building Operator Certificate course touring mechanical room at Weeneebayko General Hospital. Image Courtesy Gail Lawlor, Conservation On The Coast. 

 

Project Update January 2, 2017

The Coalition’s energy lead JJ Knott and the HELO Team are working to finalize all energy assessments for WAHA’s 35+ facilities and three First Nations’ health facilities in Attawapiskat, Fort Albany and Kashechewan. Tentative date to share all reports: January 20, 2017

Details of the energy assessment process will be provided via a free webinar January 19, 2017.

The Building Operator Certification Course has been finalized and will be delivered to qualifying candidates February 21-24, 2017 at the Weeneebayko General Hospital in Moose Factory. Anyone interested in attending this competency-based training is encouraged to contact kent@greenhealthcare.ca.

Two educational webinars are planned, more information to follow.

Project Update September 28, 2016

The Coalition’s energy auditor, Richard W. Patterson, P. Eng., and WAHA’s Regional Support Services Manager Paul Corston have just completed a marathon nine-day journey to conduct energy assessments on over 35 of WAHA’s health facilities and ancillary building along the western coast of James Bay.

While in the communities of Attawapiskat, Kashechewan and Fort Albany, the audit team also conducted assessments of the following health care facilities on behalf of the First Nations’ communities:

· Attawapiskat Health Centre

· Fort Albany Health Centre

· Kashechewan Nursing Station.

Over the next few weeks, energy data, and building envelope and mechanical system details will be reviewed by our technical team. Final reporting will occur in early 2017.

We wish to thank the many people in the communities of Moose Factory, Moosonee, Fort Albany, Kashechewan and Attawapiskat for welcoming our team and for the assistance they provided.

Project Funder

"This initiative was made possible in part through the financial support of the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (“IESO”) Education and Capacity Building Program. The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care is solely responsible for implementation of this initiative, and the IESO has no responsibility or liability whatsoever in the event that any person suffers any losses or damages of any kind as a result of the initiative.”

Project Partner

Fort Albany Power Corporation
Weeneebayko Area Health Authority
Conservation on the Coast

Links and Resources

ENERGY STAR part of Canada’s green health care landscape
Going Green in the Kitchen with ENERGY STAR®
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