GSD Earns Environmental Stewardship Award
For saving enough energy in 13 months to effectively plant more than 20,195 trees, Grenada School District will be presented with The Award for Energy Stewardship from Energy Education during the May 8th board meeting. The Award for Energy Stewardship recognizes the organization’s efforts to implement an innovative organizational behavior-based energy conservation and management program. The program is administered through a strategic alliance with Energy Education, a national company whose energy conservation programs have saved more than $2.6 billion for educational and ministerial organizations since 1986.
“Grenada School District Superintendent Dr. David Daigneault, the board members and administration are demonstrating wise fiscal and environmental stewardship by implementing this unique organizational behavior-based energy conservation program,” said Dr. William S. Spears, Chairman and Founder of Energy Education. “Using human resources to reduce energy use saves natural and financial resources for the organization and the community.”
The program delivers an environmental benefit from reduced carbon footprint. Energy not used prevents the emission of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. According to EPA/EGrid figures, in the first 13 months of the program, Grenada School District saved 8,491 MMBTU, the equivalent of 790 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions being prevented, 142 cars removed from the road, or 20,195 pine trees grown for 10 years.
“This energy program is an excellent vehicle to assist our personnel in practicing good stewardship of our resources. The willing participation of virtually every staff person — faculty, administrators, food service, maintenance and custodial people — adds to our success,” said Dr. Daigneault, Superintendent
Energy Education Specialist Ms. Lynne Russell receives intensive training from Energy Education energy specialists to implement conservation procedures in all of the system’s facilities. She conducts energy audits to ensure that students and faculty are comfortable during class times and scheduled activities, and that energy is used only as necessary. She works hard to motivate everyone in the organization to use energy wisely, keep classrooms comfortable, and practice smart energy strategies.
Energy Education’s innovative Transformational Energy Management® process trains client personnel to implement behavioral and organizational change that substantially reduces energy consumption without the purchase of new equipment. The program is funded solely and rapidly by the savings it generates, allowing clients to redirect saved energy dollars to other priorities. In 26 years, Energy Education has worked with more than 1,200 educational and ministry organizations, helping clients save over $2.6 billion in utility costs. Energy Education earned the 2011 and 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for 2009 and 2010.