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ReNew Our Schools Kicks Off New Energy Competition

Saturday, March 30, 2013   (0 Comments)
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- Colorado Energy News -

On April 8, the ReNew Our Schools Program begins a month-long energy competition in the St. Vrain Valley School District.Fourteen schoolswill be participating in the energy conservation competition, administered through the Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC). Each school is attempting to win one of three $25,000 awards to implement energy efficiency improvements to their school.

The schools in the competition:

High Schools: Skyline, Longmont, Silver Creek, Erie, and Mead;Middle Schools: Altona, Coal Ridge, Trail Ridge, Sunset;Elementary Schools: Alpine, Erie, Longmont Estates, Mead, Northridge

The fourteen competing schools will take measures to reduce electricity use in school and encourage households in the community to commit to energy saving behaviors. Reducing energy use in school is no small task. To aid student efforts, each participating school will receive an electricity monitor, donated by local companies eGauge and Magnelab. These devices will track each school’s electricity use during the competition and show real time changes in energy use via a sophisticated web application.

Students will be able to use this data to analyze their electricity savings and adjust their competition strategy, if necessary. "The students will be able to shut off the lights in the gym and immediately see their energy savings,” says Brad Queen, Energy Division Director for the CRC.

Additionally, each school will benefit from the tremendous support provided by local organizations. These ‘Mentors’ include experts from EnergySmart, Trident Energy, Longmont Power & Communications, Alliance for Climate Education, Xcel Energy, and Platte River Power Authority. They will educate student groups about energy conservation, energy efficiency opportunities, and ways to motivate their peers and community to join in these important efforts.

"We are immensely grateful to our Mentors for offering such high quality, real-world knowledge to support our schools in this exciting challenge. Not only will students learn from these individuals, but they have a unique opportunity to put into practice energy conservation measures and see how their behavior can really make a difference,” says Dara Ward, Energy and Sustainability Manager for the St. Vrain Valley School District.

"The ReNew Our Schools competition adds value at every level. We learn how to reduce electricity costs, engage students, teachers and staff in behavior changes, and surely many students will see a career path forming from this experience.”

There are three components to the competition.Schools must reduce electricity consumption through behavior changes, submit data-driven ideas for energy improvements at their school, and encourage community households to commit to energy saving behaviors. The amount of energy saved by residents, on behalf of a school, will count toward that school’s final savings.

One school from each group (elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools) that achieves the highest rankings once all three categories are combined (compared to a relative baseline) will win the $25,000 award. "The students of the winning schools will meet with district staff and the program donors, who make ReNew Our Schools possible, to help decide how the prize money will be used,” says Kathy Croasdale, Program Coordinator. All three ReNew Our Schools competition winners from last school year now have solar panels on their roof.

To find out more about the ReNew Our Schools Competition, visit:[1]

Homeowners can sign uphere:[2]

Questions? Contact Alison Layman, Office & Communications Manager, Center for ReSource Conservation, at 303-999-3820 x218

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