This past Saturday, September 28th, volunteers from USC-Columbia campus joined parents, students, and teachers from Mellichamp Elementary school in Orangeburg to do a weatherization project. Volunteers from Greenergy came to do a blower door test and identify where air was leaking out of the buildings, leading to higher energy expenditures for the school. Volunteers worked together to caulk the cracks in windows and glue down the floorboards that were causing these leaks to increase the school's energy efficiency. In addition to weatherizing the classrooms, motion sensing lights were installed in janitorial closets to reduce energy costs caused by accidentally leaving these lights on. Finally, Mellichamp Elementary was also surprised with four new basketball nets for their playground. Materials were graciously donated by Home Depot,Tractor Supply Co, and Harris Lighting.
Check out the latest Political BuzzBite in The State Newspaper regarding the growing Green Schools Caucus!
Green Schools Caucus BuzzBite
Senator Raymond Cleary introduced a resolution to encourage South Carolina schools to take advantage of the monetarty incentives that local utilities are providing for energy efficiency. Read about it further at:
Our friends at the United States Green Building Council have released their new report on the State of Our Schools. The report that the US needs to spend over $542 billion over the next decade to repair and upgrade our existing schools.
You can find more on their report at http://centerforgreenschools.org/stateofschools
The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded funding to the SC Energy Office (SCEO) to fund several high impact educational or demonstration projects in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fuels. State agencies, local governments, state funded colleges, universities and technical colleges, public schools (k-12), utilities and non-profits are all eligible for the funding. SCEO plans to award between $3,000-$5,000 for no more than six projects this year. All applications are due by close of business on March 22, 2013. If interested, please refer to the link below for more information and to obtain the application.
Great things are happening at St Paul Elementary in Clarendon School District 1! In 2010, the district utilized a great deal of stimulus money and rebates from Progress Energy to fund a new state of the art Elementary school. Energy Manager, Greg Holliday made sure that the district spent this money wisely by making the building “Green”. This includes double-paned windows throughout the school, extensive use of daylight harvesting in main areas as well as all classrooms, and sensors that can detect how much natural light is pouring into the classroom. When bright outside, these sensors dim the interior lights, lowering energy consumption. Greg has also made use of scheduling opportunities, setting the school to shut down on weekends and holidays. The building also shuts down by 5 on weekdays but teachers have the ability to override the system in their individual classrooms for an additional 2 hours if they have a large workload that day. The appliances throughout the school are all energy star and none of the lunch food is fried-promoting energy efficiency and healthy eating habits!
One aspect St Paul has that is rarely seen is that the HVAC systems all have a “GreenWheel”, a self-contained HVAC system designed to provide heating, cooling, and outside fresh air for school classrooms.
St Paul has not left out the small projects either. All of the floor mats are made from recycled bottles. They also only use green cleaning products, reducing the need for harsh chemicals that often cause health problems.
Because of their amazing attention to energy efficiency and sustainability, we give St Paul Elementary School an A+!
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