Thursday, September 29, 2011

Energy Efficiency with the Green Schools Program

The Alliance’s Green Schools Program helps students to reduce costs by reducing their school's energy consumption. With approximately $6 billion in energy costs each year, there is an enormous amount of possible savings.

Green Schools students are educated about energy and the importance of energy efficiency, as well as trained to use a diagnostic toolkit that assesses the energy usage in their school. The school building becomes a learning lab for students to apply science, math and even language arts to solve a global problem.

Through basic changes in operations, maintenance and individual behavior, schools participating in the Green Schools Program have achieved reductions in energy use of 5 to 15 percent. In addition, the Green Schools Program encourages and equips students to promote the lessons of energy efficiency in their homes and communities.

The Green Schools Program started in 1996 and currently is active in California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Washington, D.C. Funding for the program comes from utility companies, municipalities and school systems.

For more information on the Green Schools Program click here.

© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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