InstitutionalizingSUSTAINABILITY Energy Conservation and Waste Reduction Darin Hargraves, Director Operations Department Andre Camara, Recycling Coordinator Operations Department
Who we are: Statistics: 100+ facilities Over 8 million square feet 49,000 students, 6,000 teachers and staff Spend $16.5 million on utilities Buses travel 3 million miles yearly
Criteria #2: Energy Management – 5 Points Total“Energy management should address energy utilization with the goal of reducingconsumption.” Department of Education & Early Development Subject: Maintenance Points for CIP Applications
“Simple behavioral and operational measures alone can reduce energy costs by up to 25%.” EPA Report: “Clean Energy Strategies for Local Governments: Energy Efficiency in K-12 Schools”
“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.” David Banks, Energy Manager Wichita Public Schools
History of ASD’s Energy Conservation Program: 2009-2010 Pilot
PILOT Program Overview GOAL: Increase awareness of Energy Conservation to achieve 10% energy savings OPERERATIONAL AUDITS: identify specific energy savings strategies for each school COMMUNICATION: periodic meetings with Principals and school staff to discuss achievements and strategize INCENTIVE: participating schools receive 25% of the value of the energy savings
2009/2010 twenty seven schools were selected to participate and achieved a savings of $378,957 8.3% savings in electricity 6.7% savings in natural gas PILOT PROGRAM: ENERGY SAVINGS
Program management Contractor hired to perform audits on the HVAC & DDC systems on the schools participating in the pilot program Energy Conservation Incentive Payments 25% of savings back to participating school PROGRAM “LOW-COST” SOLUTIONS
Behavior changes implemented Shutting off lights Keeping entry doors closed Unplugging power-sucking appliances like laminators and copiers when not in use Turning off computers . . . Etc. PROGRAM “NO-COST” SOLUTIONS
Energy Conservation Program2009/2010 Recommended Incentive Payment Electricity Savings $247,024.53 Natural Gas Savings $131,932.63 TOTAL SAVINGS $378,957.15 Total Incentive (Electrical & Gas) - $94,739.29
Make a Commitment Assess Performance Set Goals Create an Action Plan Implement Action Plan Evaluate Progress Recognize Achievements Where do we go from here?
ASD WASTE MANAGEMENT In 2008 the Anchorage School District added a recycling component to its waste management program. 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.
SAVINGS & ADJUSTMENTS Dumpster adjustments to offset recycling rental & service fees ADJUSTMENT EXAMPLE The adjustment at Rabbit Creek saves the school district $342 a month ($3,420 over a 10 month period). 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).
ASD WASTE MANAGEMENT COSTS
Trash Compactor Tonnage
3yrs without recycling - averaged 147 tons/month
FULL YEAR of recycling - averaged 122 tons/month
(17% diversion rate)
Trash Compactor Tipping/Hauling Fees Average monthly compactor costs drop by over $3K 2005 - 2008 NO RECYCLING $18,017ave. monthly tip/haul fees adjusted to today's $ 2009 - 2010 RECYCLING $14,460ave monthly tip/haul fees adjusted to today's $ 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). We can expect to see this trend continue (GREEN LINE) as education and outreach programs continue.
ASD WASTE MANAGEMENT SAVINGS
Vision 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. 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.
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