Energy Education Star Award –

16 Marion schools honored

Category: Energy Awards – Tags: , , – December 21, 20109:05 am

Marion County schools were able to end the year on a high note. Sixteen schools in the county had all reasons to be proud because they received the Energy Star award.

The schools listed below qualified for the award: Barnes Center (ALC), Barrackville Elementary/Middle, Blackshere Elementary, East Fairmont Junior High, East Park Elementary, Fairmont Senior High, Fairview Elementary, Fairview Middle, Jayenne Elementary, Mannington Middle, Monongah Elementary, Monongah Middle, North Marion High, Pleasant Valley Elementary, Rivesville Elementary/Middle and White Hall Elementary.

Monday evening the awards were presented to the schools by Mike Stalnaker and Blaine Duggan from Energy Star. The ceremony took place at the Marion County Board of Education meeting.

According to Superintendent Thomas Deadrick, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency honor schools, which demonstrate their contribution to the environment through energy efficiency.

Even though this is a huge accomplishment, the board is unsure about participating in the Energy Education Inc. Program in 2011. Budget constraints may prohibit their participation for the following year, according to Deadrick. In order to be a part of the program the district has to pay fees.

“Every parent knows the Energy Star label, and now you’re going to have it in a permanent place in your school,” Duggan said.

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Schools’ energy policy brings in the green

Category: Energy Awards – Tags: , , – December 2, 20105:17 pm

SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) – An environmentally friendly energy policy helps the Sparta School District go green, in more ways than one. Over the past two years the district has partnered with the company Energy Education Inc. to create a more cost-effective strategy through heating, cooling and lighting techniques. The goal is to save $1 million over the four year program. But Sparta is ahead of schedule–already saving about $640,000 in only two years. District Energy Manager Paul Thibodeau said it’s all thanks to a group effort. Continue reading “Schools’ energy policy brings in the green” »

CUSD sets green standard with ambitious energy program

Category: Energy Awards – Tags: , , – December 1, 20103:06 pm

Carlsbad Unified School District’s energy conservation program has achieved a 20-percent decrease and saved $528,046 in electricity, gas and water usage over 18 months since its inception in March 2009. Through these achievements, CUSD has become one of only 60 districts in California to qualify as an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star® Partner. Energy usage has plummeted at all CUSD sites, resulting in a reduction of 9,408 MMBTU; this is the equivalent of 142 passenger cars not being driven for one year or 20,205 tree seedlings growing for ten years. District Superintendent John A. Roach, Ed.D., notes, “Amid these difficult economic times, the monetary savings is crucial; funds can be redirected from utilities to education. In terms of conservation, our unified, District-wide approach aids in preserving the environment for future generations to enjoy.” Continue reading “CUSD sets green standard with ambitious energy program” »