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School Energy Project

Hello all!
Hopefully it’s okay if I ask this.
Basically, a friend of mine and myself have begun working on an energy project in our school to try and reduce both energy costs and usage, as well as trying to encourage a ‘greener’ atmosphere amongst students and teachers. We’ve gotten all our business data and graphs and whatnot, spoken with almost every adult in the school who is able to get properly involved, and now we’re thinking about suggestions to reduce energy usage to forward onto the administration (most of who are working with us already anyway), and there is a possibility that the school’s Green Policy will be revived (right now it’s somewhere in a box in the basement, heh).
We’re covering lights, heat and water, which are the basic energy wasters.

I was wondering: do any of you have ideas as to how a large facility such as a school (about 1,200 students and an additional 2000 staff) could go about reducing its energy usage? We’re not quite sure yet how to go about making some suggestions, so I’m asking around all over the place for opinions/ideas to get the ball rolling. Please don’t be shy if you have a suggestion – it can always turn into a larger idea or inspire otheres. I guess I’m asking for some inspiration, perhaps some of you have done similar projects before. If so I’d love to hear some :)

Thanks in advance!


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Apr. 17th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
I'd suggest those occupancy-sensing light things... I'm not sure what the technical name is, but they are motion sensors hooked up to the lights, and they turn the lights on when motion is detected and shut them off if, after several minutes, there's no one moving in the room. Especially if people frequently forget to turn lights off when they leave a room, it's a great way to save energy in empty classrooms, auditoriums, bathrooms, et cetera.

As for water, how about modifying the toilets to use less water per flush? This can be done pretty easily and cheaply by putting a water bottle or similar container full of stones in the tank, making sure it doesn't get in the way of the chain. This displaces water and means the toilet will use less water per flush.

Sounds like an awesome project you're doing - good luck!
Jul. 7th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
Check this US Carbon Footprint Map out
Check this US Carbon Footprint Map out (http://www.eredux.com/states/), has United States Interactive Carbon Footprint Map, illustrating Greenest States. This site has all sorts of stats on individual State energy consumptions, demographics and State energy offices.

Jan. 11th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Hi sorry i dont have an idea but i think what your trying to do is really awesome! I'm in an environmental class at school and we heve started a big recycling prokect through the whole school of over a thousand kids. We made recycling boxes, put them in all the rooms, and recycle each floor once or twice a week. Its been going really well and were hoping for grants to recycle plastic and more. So good luck!

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