The District 91 School Board implemented an energy policy in 2006, directing the administration and staff to conserve energy and provide recommendations for improving energy conservation. In 2008 District 91 became an Energy Star Partner to continue and strength our commitment to energy conservation.
The services of Energy Education, Inc. was contracted in 2006 for four years to aid in the implementation of a more structured conservation program with guaranteed minimum energy savings and the promise of more savings. The district hired an Energy Educator/Manager and developed the district’s Energy Operating Procedures and Guidelines to implement the School Board energy conservation policy.
Energy use and rates have increased over the years. The cost of natural gas and electricity cost the school district approximately $1,500,000 in the one year period, May 1, 2005 to April 30, 2006. Energy is a consumable resource so all money spent here cannot be spent on programs and other educational expenses. Conserving energy saves in two ways:
- Money saved due to reduced energy consumption can be utilized for programs and buildings, improving our children’s learning environment.
- Conserving energy reduces our carbon foot print and saves our natural resources for future generations.
What is the role of the Energy Educator/Manager?
Audit buildings for proper utilization of energy. These audits can be anytime during the day, evening or weekends.
Identify areas where the district can conserve energy.
Work with the facilities group, Principals and custodial staff to develop strategies to efficiently run buildings during classroom hours and effectively shut buildings down when unoccupied.
Monitor energy use.
Analyze and report energy savings on a monthly basis.
Make recommendations to the administration on how to make buildings more efficient.