Wayne Groszko lives and breathes his work. By day, he teaches in the NSCC Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology program at the Annapolis Valley Campus, educating his students in the emerging fields of green buildings, energy conservation, and alternate energy.
In his spare time, he looks for hands-on learning opportunities in the community. He found one not far from the Campus at the Wolfville Farmers Market where manager, Kelly Marie Redcliffe, needed some help.
Kelly Marie calls the NSCC faculty member ‘Wayne the Wonderful.’ She says, “He brought his students through our turn-of-the-century warehouse to perform an energy audit. “We have a big energy bill for an operation that happens only two days a week. The group helped us identify ways to help reduce that consumption and make our building healthier.”
Energy changes initiated
As a result of the audit, the market staff and volunteers moved forward with the addition of insulation and a vapour barrier in its basement. This is helping to keep the heat inside and lowering the humidity levels. Kelly Marie says they are aiming to add solar panels, another audit recommendation, once the market is able to raise the money for the resources needed.
“The students did a great job,” Wayne says. “They learned quite a lot by conducting the audit and the market is benefiting from the changes recommended. It’s a win for both and we’re happy to support the continuation and success of a community gathering place and the local businesses it supports.”
Kelly Marie is pleased that, although the students have finished their work, Wayne continued on as a volunteer energy advisor at the market. “One of the findings was to determine peak demand and to find ways to reduce usage at that time. Further work to help on that front will have a definite impact on our energy bills and keep the market sustainable. We really have the students’ and Wayne’s work and enthusiasm to thank for moving us in that direction.”