Zachry Middle School will be competing in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA's) 2014 ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition: Team Challenge. More than 5,500 buildings and more than 100 teams are battling it out to see who can save the most energy and water in one year.
In the spirit of popular weight-loss competitions, Zachry will compete against other participants across the country to work off energy and water waste through improvements in energy and water efficiency, with help from EPA’s Energy Star program.
“I am excited that our students will have the opportunity to participate and be Energy Stars through the responsible use of energy at our school,” says Susan Allain, Zachry Middle School Principal.
Zachry is taking the following steps to reduce energy and water: introducing a public relations campaign within the school, maximizing the efficiency of the school’s new central plant, and testing new LED lighting and occupancy sensors for the District.
“In Northside, we’ve always been proud of our Energy Management program,” says Allen Goldapp, NISD’s Energy Management Coordinator. “Participating in this competition will allow our students the wonderful opportunity to learn what they can do to reduce energy and water waste at their school. These are life lessons we hope they will carry beyond their school’s walls as they commit to being environmentally-conscious citizens.”
EPA will maintain a website devoted to the competition featuring a list of competitors and their “weigh-in” results, a map of competitor locations, and a live Twitter feed where competitors can post updates on their progress.
Competitors will measure and track their monthly energy consumption using EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool, make improvements to their building’s or buildings’ energy performance and share their progress.
In April 2015, EPA will award recognition to the individual and team competitors that demonstrate the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use, and to the competitors with the greatest percentage-based reduction in water use.
Last summer, Martin Elementary School and Warren High School became the first schools in Northside to earn the Energy Star label.