Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Carolina High and Academy, Ellen Woodside Elementary, Donaldson Career Center, and Greenville Middle School have earned recognition for their outstanding efforts to reduce energy consumption.
To determine winning schools, each school’s current energy consumption was compared to the same time period from the previous year. One school at each grade level and one center with the largest percentage of energy savings were selected winners. The winning schools received a monetary award of $2.60 per student.
Michael Delaney, principal of Carolina High and Academy, said, “We wanted to educate our whole community about reducing energy usage. So instead of something we didn’t talk about, energy conservation became an intentional focus in our school.” He added that teachers are now turning off the lights in their classrooms and using more natural light.
Carolina High and Academy Plant Manager Jamie Gaines added, “We all work together to make sure that unnecessary lights televisions, and computers are not left on. We save a lot of energy by turning the gym lights off when the gym is not in use.”
Greenville County Schools recently received the Lead by Example Energy Leadership Award from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation in recognition of its outstanding contributions toward energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. In addition, Duke Energy awarded the district the Duke Energy Power Partner Award, and the district’s energy saving efforts have been highlighted in the energy report, “Powering Up America: The Revolution Began Yesterday” by Cater Communications for the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.