From Sept. 29 to Oct. 19, 2013, students, faculty and staff at Santee School District in Southern California competed to achieve the greatest percentage reduction in their school's electricity use by turning off lights when not needed, unplugging electronics after the school day finished and engaging in other energy conservation actions. The district saved a total of 35,203 kilowatt-hours, resulting in about $7,500 in savings.
A new survey suggests that most Americans, 90 percent, think it's important to improve public school buildings.
Ten winning institutions will share in $310,000 to fund renewable energy education programs thanks to Constellation Energy's 2013 E2 Energy to Educate grant program.
Sustainable technology strategies can shrink both your school system's carbon footprint and its energy bills.
- By Keith R. Krueger
School City of Hammond, a school district in Indiana with an annual utility bill of more than $3.5 million annually, has gone public with its use of software to manage the energy usage of its computing devices.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The San Diego Unified School District has completed a solar array designed to provide solar energy to 29 schools and two other district facilities.
Taylor High School has deployed a renewable energy system that brings together solar and wind power in an effort to reduce costs and teach students about sustainable energy.
Sandy Grove Middle School, located in Hoke County, NC, has deployed a photovoltaic solar power system, making it a net producer of energy.
Lucid is introducing BuildingOS, an "online operating system" for buildings. The new service can pull data from 150 meter types and building systems, including utility meters, building and lighting controls, sub-meters, onsite generation feeds, and plug loads meters.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
A Montana school district is looking to save more than $140,000 per year through improvements made to 12 of its school buildings -- improvements that are designed to make them more energy-efficient. The changes, which will be finished by the end of 2013, will come at no up-front cost to the district.
Maryland's University Park Elementary School is installing a rooftop photovoltaic solar array projected to generate up to $18,000 each year in addition to clean energy.
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller Public Schools in central Nebraska plans to implement more energy efficient heating, cooling, lighting, windows, and electronic controls, and switch to a renewable energy heat source.
Solar power will now provide approximately 60 percent of the electricity at Arizona's Somerton School District.
Dorchester County Public Schools has completed an 803-kilowatt solar installation on the campus of Mace's Lane Middle School.
A 51-school solar power system has been completed for the Mount Diablo Unified School District in the East San Francisco Bay area, resulting in an expected $3 million per year in energy cost savings for the district.