Goal 1: Reduce Energy, Save Money

solar_panel.jpgThe first goal focuses entirely on the PFEWG™ category of Energy, with an aim to reduce District energy usage and save money. Energy is a huge component of every one of our school and administrative buildings, as it is required for electricity to power every light, computer, and appliance; and for the heating, cooling, and ventilation of all buildings to maintain optimal indoor environments.

There are several key components to implementing the goal of reducing energy usage and saving money, beginning with the data collection and analysis of energy usage for each building in the district on a monthly basis. Through several software processes the energy data for each school and administrative building, (including electric, gas, and oil costs as well as kilowatt and therm energy use) is uploaded, managed, and analyzed mathematically by the sustainability manager. This data is valuable for financial and budgetary record keeping, as well as long-term comparisons of monthly and yearly energy usage.

electrical_outlet.pngFrom there, the sustainability manager, director of facilities, chief operating officer, and other officials prioritize which buildings to focus on for energy improvements. Pre-project building assessments, audits, and additional research is then conducted, followed by the design and implementation of designated energy efficient projects. Also integral to this process is the notification of building occupants of the energy projects taking place within their school, and educating occupants in best energy efficiency practices.

Finally, after project completion, tracking progress and assessing energy reduction, carbon reduction, and cost savings occurs. Publicizing and commending buildings that lower energy use is important in maintaining long-term participation of building occupant engagement, as well.