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Arizona Launches Initiative to Benchmark Every K-12 School for Energy Efficiency
Abstract: The Arizona Energy Office, in cooperation with the State of Arizona School Facilities Board, is launching the K-12 Benchmarking Initiative in an effort to benchmark every school building in the state. The goal is for each school to obtain an ENERGY STAR rating. School facilities managers will start by entering energy data for each school into the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, which is a national database of energy consumption in schools. This tool allows school facilities managers to compare the energy efficiency of their schools with others. Using these data and recommendations from the Arizona Energy Office and ENERGY STAR, school managers can develop a plan to prioritize investments in energy efficiency. The next step is to carry out the plan, and finally, to evaluate progress. The ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager guides schools through each of these steps.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy State Energy Program
Green Schools Checklist: Environmental Actions for Schools to Consider [PDF]
Abstract: This checklist offers tips and resources to help schools identify opportunities to "green" their buildings and operations, ranging from the solid waste they generate, to the indoor environment they provide, to the energy and supplies they consume. Emphasis has been placed on prevention-oriented strategies, which are preferable to dealings with wastes and pollutants after the fact. The benefits of a green school program are outlined and management strategies are included. Sections include: energy use, indoor air quality, solid waste, hazardous materials, mercury use, laboratory waste, mold growth, water consumption, building construction/renovation, purchasing, pest management, groundskeeping, and food service. (PDF Format; Length: 24 pages)
Source: IL Environmental Protection Agency
Abstract: Greening Schools is a joint project of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the Illinois Waste Management and Research Center (WMRC). This program is designed to assist schools with improving physical environmental conditions, while also providing teachers with standards-based tools to introduce concepts of waste reduction and pollution prevention to students. The program offers free technical assistance to all Illinois schools, public and private. The program?s Web site offers pollution prevention, waste reduction, energy efficiency, and related resources for all school personnel, including teachers, administrators, and facility managers.
Source: IEPA & WMRC
Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact [PDF]
Abstract: The Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact program launched on January 31, 2008 features best practices that K-12 schools can voluntarily pursue to achieve greater environmental sustainability. Schools as well as districts can check off up to 12 practices to participate, including things on the list the school or district is already doing. Those who wish to participate should print two copies of the compact, have the principal sign the documents after checking off practices the school is now pursuing and aims to pursue, then mail both copies to: Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Attn: Jon Zirkle, Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Suite 15-200, Chicago, IL 60601-3220. Lt. Governor Quinn will sign both copies, keep one on file, then mail one copy back to the school.
Source: Office of the Lt. Governor of Illinois
NY-CHPS High Performance Schools Guidelines
Abstract: The State Education Department (SED) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) created these guidelines, known as the "Collaborative for High Performance Schools" (NY-CHPS), to encourage the use of energy efficient design when building and renovating schools. NY-CHPS will help schools develop and maintain learning environments that contribute to improved academic achievement while reducing operating costs and protecting and conserving our natural resources. Schools built according to the NY-CHPS guidelines are durable, easy to maintain, healthy, energy efficient, and comfortable. These improvements contribute to a better learning environment that has been shown to contribute to reduced absenteeism and better teacher and staff retention. Main sections of the guidelines cover the school site, water, energy, materials, indoor air quality, O&M, and "extra credit" considerations. SED and NYSERDA established an Advisory Council to help guide the creation of the NY-CHPS guidelines. That Advisory Council consisted of members of the following groups: the Council of School Superintendents, the Association of School Business Officials, the Association of Educational Safety and Health Professionals, the Superintendents of Buildings and Grounds Association, the New York State Department of Health, the Healthy Schools Network, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the Association of Energy Engineers, and the American Institute of Architects. The guidelines are available for download in PDF Format (Length: 145 pages) at the URL listed here.
Source: NYSERDA and NY SED
State Energy Office Contacts
Abstract: Select a state on the map or from the pull-down menu below to obtain phone, e-mail, and street address of the director of the state energy office and program manager for the State Energy Program in that office.
Source: US Department of Energy
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Hub Last Updated: 7/6/2011