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Winter Break is Just Around the Corner!

Did you know that besides summer vacation, winter break is the best opportunity to make major behavior changes related to energy conservation at your school? When students and teachers are preparing to leave the school building for an extended break, they’re more likely to implement simple energy saving techniques like closing window blinds, unplugging appliances, turning off power switches, and turning thermostats down. Everyone knows that it takes a lot of energy to heat large buildings in the cold winter months, so let's all work together to make sure our classrooms and buildings are shut down properly before we leave for winter break!

GBSD at ENERGY STAR's 20th Anniversary Roundtable in D.C.!

Jim Schlacter, Superintendent of GBSD, and his guest Charley Haupt, President of New Energy Technology, Inc., participated in ENERGY STAR's 20th Anniversary Business Roundtable with  EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson yesterday! Companies like Sears, Lowes, Whirlpool , GE and Gresham-Barlow School District were invited to discuss how their partnership with EPA  is helping their organization achieve its sustainability and financial goals, including preventing pollution, increasing economic competitiveness and creating jobs.


Kelly Creek Light Patrol is saving energy

      Fifth grade students Iris, Kimberly and Kylie give up their recess once or twice a week to walk through Kelly Creek Elementary School and perform "energy audits" on classrooms.  If a school room is unoccupied and the lights are all turned off, they leave a green card on the teacher's desk thanking them for turning off the lights.  If a room is unoccupied but the lights are still turned on, they leave a red card reminding the teacher to "Please remember to turn off your lights and save energy!"

      The students have a chart listing the classrooms that they visit.  They check each classroom and mark the results on their chart so they can track progress over time.

      Typically one student will be in charge of writing the results on the chart while one or two other students will write red or green slips to leave in each classroom.  They often rotate the positions among themselves.

      Do the red slips help change the energy culture at Kelly Creek Elementary?  "Last time we performed an energy audit, we only had two classrooms that got red slips," says Light Patrol student Iris.  "That's actually pretty good because we've done it a lot and that's pretty awesome for us."

      The students have even given a red slip to the former principal.  "It was a good thing because we could never get him to [turn his lights off]," says Head Custodian Christa Garman.  "He learned quick."

ENERGY STAR Partnership

The EPA’s ENERGY STAR program provides our District a solid foundation and direction for first identifying energy waste in our schools and then taking action to eliminate the waste. ENERGY STAR’s Guidelines to Superior Energy Management is a proven approach to help any organization reduce its energy use. When combined with using a building’s ENERGY STAR Rating monthly to focus all parties on improving the rating, everyone gets involved and energy waste is driven from the building, which in turn significantly lowers cost and the amount of Greenhouse Gases put into our atmosphere. We recommend everyone visit ENERGY STAR'S Guidelines for Superior Energy Management and learn how this wonderful program can help your organization and/or your home save energy.

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