For saving enough energy in 12 months to effectively plant more than 23,880 trees, Appling County School System will be presented with the award for Energy Stewardship from Energy Education during the May 21 board meeting. The award for Energy Stewardship recognizes the organization’s effort to implement an innovative organizational behavior-based conservation and management program. The program is administered through a strategic alliance with Energy Education, a national company whose energy conservation programs have saved more than $2.6 billion for educational and ministerial organizations since 1986.
“Appling County School System Superintendent Scarlett Copeland, the board members and administration are demonstrating wise fiscal and environmental stewardship by implementing this unique organizational behavior-based energy conservation program,” said Dr. William S. Spears, Chairman and Founder of Energy Education. “Using human resources to reduce energy use saves natural and financial resources for the organization and the community.”
The program delivers an environmental benefit from reduced carbon footprint. Energy not used prevents the emission of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides.
According to EPA/EGrid figures, in the first 12 months of the program, Appling County School System saved 5,391 MMBTU, the equivalent of 934 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions being prevented, 168 cars removed from the road, or 23,880 pine trees grown for 10 years.
“This energy program is an excellent vehicle to assist our personnel in practicing good stewardship of our resources. The willing participation of virtually every staff person – faculty, administrators, food service, maintenance and custodial people – adds to our success,” said Mrs. Copeland, Superintendent.
Energy Education Specialist Lance Kennedy receives intensive training from Energy Education energy specialists to implement conservation procedures in all of the system’s facilities.
He conducts energy audits to ensure that students and faculty are comfortable during class times and scheduled activities, and that energy is used only as necessary. He works hard to motivate everyone in the organization to use energy wisely, keep classrooms comfortable and practice smart energy strategies.
Energy Education’s innovative Transformational Energy Management process trains client personnel to implement behavioral and organizational change that substantially reduces energy consumption without the purchase of new equipment. The program is funded solely and rapidly by the savings it generates, allowing clients to redirect saved energy dollars to other priorities.
In 26 years, Energy Education has worked with more than 1,200 educational and ministry organizations, helping clients save over $2.6 billion in utility costs.
Energy Education earned the 2011 and 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for 2009 and 2010.