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ERIC Number: EJ800152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
Green Schools: The Color of Money
Riedel, Chris
T.H.E. Journal, v35 n6 p28, 30, 32, 34 Jun 2008
When Arthur Stellar came to Massachusetts' Taunton Public Schools in 2005, he knew that part of his job as superintendent would be cost cutting. That's no easy task without sacrificing the quality of education the district provided. How to decrease what you spend without eliminating vital resources? One way, Stellar says, is to assess what you're already doing--and then get better at it. For most districts, energy spending ranks second behind only personnel expenditures. That means conservation can have a huge impact on both the environment and the budget. Becoming more energy efficient isn't just about turning off lights and shutting down idle computers. It's about rethinking the way things are done at every level of the organization--taking into account everything from natural gas and electricity use to HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) systems, grounds maintenance, and construction procedures. Developing a long-term plan that will maximize savings requires a broad range of expertise not typically found at the district level. For Taunton Public Schools, that's where Energy Education came in. A specialist in developing people-based energy conservation programs for school districts around the country, Energy Education was tasked with helping Taunton find ways to decrease its energy consumption in order to increase its bottom line. Over the past two years, the program developed by Energy Education has helped Taunton save more than $660,000 in energy costs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts