Jared, a student at Cactus Valley Elementary, is stepping up to the plate to make sure his school
saves energy. During writing class, Jared noticed the sun shining brightly outside and said, "Hey, do
we need the lights on right now, Mrs. Keesee? Couldn't we turn them off and open the blinds a little
more?" The rest of the class agreed. Two students moved nearer to the window, and they all worked in
natural light the rest of the day! Way to go, Jared!
New school year brings cool new ways to promote energy conservation!
The start of a brand new school year is a hopeful and exciting time filled with eager and energetic students ready to learn, and invigorated teachers with fresh ideas and new approaches.
In addition to freshly sharpened pencils and crisp notebook paper, your school will soon receive another new addition to its arsenal of teaching tools – a brand new Energy Board. The Energy Board is a permanent bulletin board placed in a central location inside your building designed to inform, promote, and celebrate your school’s energy conservation activities.
Your school’s Energy Board will become the hub for your energy team’s goals, behavior changing activities, and current data reports to educate the student body about saving energy.
EPA National Building Contest starts at Coal Ridge High School
Over the loud speakers, the countdown began.
Several Coal Ridge High School students donned in self-painted camouflage t-shirts and deemed the Green Ninjas raced through the halls to see who could get to the light switch first.
And just as swiftly, they were lunging for the plug connected to the printer in the counselor’s office.
Three, two, one! Operation Shutdown has commenced.
The building was dimly lit. Classroom lights were out, unnecessary appliances were unplugged, and students calmly made their way to the Coal Ridge gymnasium. From 10 to 11 a.m., the building was operating on minimal power with telephones, essential electrical devices and life-safety systems still completely operational. While in the gym, students were told that Coal Ridge High School was one of just 245 contestants nation-wide in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star National Building Competition.