Schools for Energy Efficiency® (SEE) program is here again this year and continues to help us focus on energy-saving strategies that can be easily implemented by our school’s operations, education, and administrative staff. Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools’ goal is to achieve a 10-percent reduction in annual energy use, engage staff and students in energy-saving behaviors, and achieve national recognition through ENERGY STAR®. Because of your commitment during the past three years, we are continuing to meet our annual goals and as a result, our total amount avoided/saved since implementing SEE through June of 2012 totals $554,107.00!
This is a year of discovery for our district’s staff and students. Learning simple methods will inspire us to share our knowledge helping to educate each other, our families, and the community. We’ll learn fun ways to infuse classroom lessons with energy-saving activities inviting students to discover their place in our goal to conserve our resources. Helping to revitalize the launch of this year’s program is our new campaign theme, EDUCATE: Where is energy? inviting us all to learn and then live energy saving methods that will help our schools run more efficiently. You will notice this new direction in the posters, classroom tip sheets, and light switch stickers throughout our schools.
Energy is one of the top expenditures in our district, with an average yearly cost of $250 per student. A 10% percent energy savings translates into more than $175,000.00 per year of avoided cost for our district. After seeing the results of the previous years, I am very excited and committed to continuing this program within our facilities. As we’ve seen, the results are attainable, and can make an immediate, measurable impact in our district.
So, once again, I thank you for your dedication to our mission and ask for your continued support with our energy-saving efforts during this school year. Where is energy? It’s in each one of us and we’re motivated to use our team-fueled efforts to save it, helping our district, our community, and our world!