ERIC Number: ED207133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Energy and Education.
Machesney, J. Douglas
By initially demonstrating that rising energy costs are threatening to force educational decision-makers to curtail educational programs, this paper suggests a number of energy-saving options for school administrators and presents a case study of energy conservation. Suggestions concerning energy conservation in school facilities are drawn from several published sources. These suggestions include forming an energy management team of representatives from the school and community and preparing detailed energy use reports, energy miniaudits by energy team members in each facility, and maxiaudits conducted by hired experts. Sources for the funding of energy projects are suggested. Maintenance and measures requiring capital investment are discussed. A brief section regarding energy-saving in transportation systems cites suggestions from a U.S. Department of Transportation publication. The final section of the paper presents a program to save money in a school transportation system used in Mercer County, West Virginia. This program used rerouting and rescheduling to cut its l02 buses to 94, conducted a bus driver training course on techniques to promote school economy, and instituted a maintenance program designed to save fuel. The paper concludes that a successful district-wide energy conservation program requires participation and commitment. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers: Energy Audits; West Virginia (Mercer County)