I’m sure you all know about the Anchorage School District and can appreciate the scale to which any energy program must be implemented. Of the 15,000 school districts in the United States, Anchorage School District is in the top 100 in terms of size. Additionally, our climate and rural location present its own unique set of challenges. There are two main parts to our sustainability initiative at Anchorage School District. First, there is Energy Conservation which addresses the over $15.5 million spent on oil, gas and electricity each year and second, the waste stream management program that diverts nearly 20% of our waste to recycle. Trash collection and our recycle program cost the Anchorage School District an additional million. The total spent on utilities is approximately $16.5 million.****Discuss Busses and how they cost the District over a dollar a mile to operate.****
I would like to state for the record that Anchorage School District is only recently institutionalizing energy conservation. What I mean by that is, we are working to create a formal and permanent program to support energy conservation efforts. This program will serve as a tool to do the following: Set realistic expectations within the districtProvide compliance and reporting functionsLeverage “cost savings” to elevate the importance of resource conservation within schools and the facilities planning processIncorporate total “cost-of-resource” conservation into the decision-making processDevelop alternative funding sources for resource conservation effortsEngage elected officials in discussions about resource conservationGarner recognition for program efforts.Let’s begin our discussion on some of the many reasons the program is being developed.
In the 1998 legislative session, AS 14.11.011 was amended to require that all school districts applying for Alaska Department of Education funding for capital improvement projects should provide evidence, acceptable to the department, that they have a preventive maintenance plan. The required elements of that plan are spelled-out in State statute and include an energy management component. Don Carney, who at that time worked for the Department of Ed, wrote in a memo: “Energy management should address energy utilization with the goal of reducing consumption. This objective can be achieved through a number of methods, some of which will relate directly to a sound preventive maintenance program. Therefore, reporting on energy management ideally will represent more than just a table of figures comparing last year’s monthly consumption to this year’s monthly usage. While the figures will speak for themselves, an annual improvement would be supportive evidence of the overall effectiveness of the energy management component of the preventive maintenance program. It is important to note that energy dollar costs are not considered in this section because fluctuations in unit prices and delivery costs would obscure actual performance parameters.”
Federal agencies have also worked to make school districts more resource wise. The EPA has made available online a 67-page report on developing energy efficiency in K-12 Schools. This report is a good place to start if your school district wishes to develop its own Energy Conservation Program.
A simple Google search makes evident that hundreds of school districts--of all sizes--are on the bandwagon to conserve energy. In working with the Council of the Great City Schools, I received more than a dozen Energy Management Plans to aid my department in our efforts. I had asked for information specifically about “behavior modification” and found that many schools considered that to be among the most important components of any energy conservation effort. Schools also considered behavior modification to be the most cost effective energy conservation strategy, providing instant results for the effort. John Paxton, a local “energy conservation professional” likes to say, “It doesn’t matter if you are driving a Prius, if you drive like a race car driver, you are still going to waste a whole lot of gas.” Behavior modification is simply working to maximize existing resources—regardless of how they are configured.
For the FY 2009-10 school year, Anchorage School District created a Pilot “Energy Conservation Program” with 27 schools participating. The Pilot program was to provide conclusive evidence of saving to be had.
Educating staff and students on energy conservation measures has proven to reduce energy consumption. Education on appropriate temperature settings and use of lighting controls can reduce energy use at little, or no-cost. It was the responsibility of the Project Manager in the Pilot to help school district employees and students to develop good energy habits. Instilling wise energy habits in students creates lifelong conservationists and teaches them to care about the impact of their actions in areas outside the school. There is a positive correlation between the physical condition of the learning environment and student performance. Many energy efficient practices help create better lighting, temperature control, acoustics and air quality. **** Discuss Julie’s Room******** Audit handout has a list of Behavior changes and energy conservation items for consideration****
Anchorage School District is committed to going the next step on Energy Conservation . A proposal has been written outlining how the program is to be structured, alliances with community groups have been developed to provide program support and both in-state and out-of-state “experts” have been identified for collaboration. One such organization is the Sustainable School project, developed by Zero Waste Alliance. This project has 71 member schools in the northwest United States. Additionally, GreenStar and the “U-Med Green District” are just two of the local organizations willing to work with us.Both the University of Alaska and the military bases have full-time energy conservation managers available for consultation. Those organizations have already identified the need, and benefits, of a robust energy conservation effort.Please don’t hesitate to consider the my department to be a valuable collaborator in your efforts to develop an energy conservation program.
I would now like to introduce Andre Camara, Recycling Coordinator, for the Anchorage School District, Operations Department. Andre will review with you the second part of our sustainability efforts—Waste Management and Recycling.
One of the other duties of the Operations Department is the cleaning of ASD facilities. Here is a slide of some highly skilled cleaners. If any of you know these workers, let them know we have positions open and they can put their applications in online.
ASD Sustainability Presentation
InstitutionalizingSUSTAINABILITY Energy Conservation and Waste Reduction <br />Darin Hargraves, Director <br />Operations Department<br />Andre Camara, Recycling Coordinator<br />Operations Department<br />
Who we are:<br />Statistics:<br />100+ facilities<br />Over 8 million square feet<br />49,000 students, 6,000 teachers and staff<br />Spend $16.5 million on utilities<br />Buses travel 3 million miles yearly<br />
Criteria #2: Energy Management – 5 Points Total“Energy management should address energy utilization with the goal of reducingconsumption.”<br />Department of Education & Early Development<br />Subject: Maintenance Points for CIP Applications<br />
“Simple behavioral and operational measures alone can reduce energy costs by up to 25%.”<br />EPA Report: “Clean Energy Strategies for Local Governments: Energy Efficiency in K-12 Schools”<br />
“The Wichita Public Schools has been actively engaged in an energy management program focused on behavior modification for more than sixteen years . . . Our documented savings which we contribute to changes in behavior and attitudes have averaged $1,911,574.42 per year for the most recent three years. This represents approximately a 20% reduction in total utility expenses.”<br />David Banks, Energy Manager<br />Wichita Public Schools <br />
History of ASD’s Energy Conservation Program:<br />2009-2010 Pilot<br />
PILOT Program Overview<br />GOAL: Increase awareness of Energy Conservation to achieve 10% energy savings<br />OPERERATIONAL AUDITS: identify specific energy savings strategies for each school<br />COMMUNICATION: periodic meetings with Principals and school staff to discuss achievements and strategize<br />INCENTIVE: participating schools receive 25% of the value of the energy savings<br />
2009/2010 twenty seven schools were selected to participate and achieved a savings of <br />$378,957<br />8.3% savings in electricity<br />6.7% savings in natural gas<br />PILOT PROGRAM: ENERGY SAVINGS<br />
Program management<br />Contractor hired to perform audits on the HVAC & DDC systems on the schools participating in the pilot program<br />Energy Conservation Incentive Payments<br />25% of savings back to participating school<br />PROGRAM “LOW-COST” SOLUTIONS<br />
Behavior changes implemented<br />Shutting off lights<br />Keeping entry doors closed<br />Unplugging power-sucking appliances like laminators and copiers when not in use<br />Turning off computers<br />. . . Etc.<br />PROGRAM “NO-COST” SOLUTIONS<br />
Make a Commitment<br />Assess Performance<br />Set Goals<br />Create an Action Plan<br />Implement Action Plan<br />Evaluate Progress<br />Recognize Achievements<br />Where do we go from here?<br />
ASD WASTE MANAGEMENT<br />In 2008 the Anchorage School District added a recycling component to its waste management program. <br />A district-wide mixed-paper recycling program was phased in during the 08-09 School year and made possible through partnerships with the city’s Solid Waste Services, Alaska Waste and local non-profits. <br />
SAVINGS & ADJUSTMENTS<br />Dumpster adjustments to offset recycling rental & service fees<br />ADJUSTMENT EXAMPLE<br />The adjustment at Rabbit Creek saves the school district $342 a month ($3,420 over a 10 month period).<br />The addition of a 4 cubic yard recycling dumpster at Rabbit Creek (cost - $87 a month) and the removal of 1 of their 4 cubic yard trash dumpster (cost - $429 a month). <br />
FULL YEAR of recycling - averaged 122 tons/month </li></ul>(17% diversion rate)<br />
Trash Compactor Tipping/Hauling Fees<br />Average monthly compactor costs drop by over $3K<br />2005 - 2008 NO RECYCLING<br />$18,017ave. monthly tip/haul fees adjusted to today's $<br />2009 - 2010 RECYCLING<br />$14,460ave monthly tip/haul fees adjusted to today's $<br />Since the implementation of the district-wide mixed-paper program the average monthly compactor costs in today's $ have dropped by approx. $3,800 a month (BLUE LINE). <br />We can expect to see this trend continue (GREEN LINE) as education and outreach programs continue.<br />
Vision<br />The Anchorage School District cultivates and sustains the awareness to seek opportunities to reduce energy usage and waste throughout the district. To achieve this Operations works with all departments and campuses to ensure systems are in place to effectively and efficiently reduce energy use, consumption and waste whenever possible in a manner that is sensitive to environmental concerns and cost effective to the district.<br />Energy Conservation and Waste Reduction – Make it a habit - it not only makes fiscal sense, but exemplifies our commitment to be good stewards of our environment.<br />
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