Presentation on theme: "GOING GREEN GREEN AND SUSTAINABLE POLICIES: FROM PREPARTION TO IMPLEMENTATION PASBO Conference March 9, 2012."— Presentation transcript:
GOING GREEN GREEN AND SUSTAINABLE POLICIES: FROM PREPARTION TO IMPLEMENTATION PASBO Conference March 9, 2012
Why Go Green? Most schools recognize that they have a responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. Policies Procedures Practices
Value of Policies/Procedures Promote green school practices that conserve natural resources Reduce the impact of district operations on the environment Protect the health of students, staff, and community Mandate Action
Consider……. Initial Cost Long-term Potential Cost Savings Quality and Performance of the Product or Service Health Impacts Environmental Considerations.
Policies/Procedures need to be Reflective of the organizational view on acceptable business practices Sanctioned by the school board and the administration Clearly defined as to the structure and and approach Consistently communicated
Transportation Dept. B20 Biodiesel Fuel First PA school district to switch exclusively More efficient than standard diesel fuel http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/ community/alternative_fuels_incenti ve_grant/10492 http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/ community/alternative_fuels_incenti ve_grant/10492 Anti-idling Policy http://www.psba.org/districts_policies/g/237/POLGRVL810_2.pdf Waste Oil Heater Uses waste oil taken from the buses Solves problem of the cost of disposal Approximate cost was $10,000 Saves 2,500 gallons per year (over $5,000) http://www.cleanburn.com/ http://www.cleanburn.com/ Engine Block Warmers
Food Service Dept. Polystyrene Densifier GVSD kitchens use polystyrene foam trays for student lunches Less expensive than the “green” alternative of biodegradable sugar cane products Trays are compacted and densified cylinders are picked up for recycling Partnering with neighboring districts to use the densifier http://www.dart.biz/
Food Service Dept. Community Garden 1 acre garden planted in spring of 2009 at KD Markley Elementary School Has yielded various fruits and vegetables that are used in the kitchens Reduces the amount of produce to be purchased Composting of kitchen food waste for use in garden First year costs covered by grants and contributions Supports the PA “Farm to School Initiative”
Buildings and Grounds Dept. Use of Green Products Green Seal Certified paper towels and toilet paper Green Seal Certified cleaning chemicals Reduce the number of chemicals Integrated Pest Management (IPM) PA Law: Governs the use of insecticides/pesticides Notification of staff, students, community when using these products http://www.psba.org/districts_policies/g/237/POLGRVL711.pdf http://www.psba.org/districts_policies/g/237/POLGRVL711.pdf Indoor Air Quality Reduce the opportunity for mold and other allergens Greenguard® certified furnishings Tools for Schools program http://epa.gov/iaq/schools/ http://epa.gov/iaq/schools/
Buildings and Grounds Dept. Energy Reduction/Management Policy 817 – Energy Management and Conservation http://www.psba.org/districts_policies/g/237/POLGRVL817.pdf http://www.psba.org/districts_policies/g/237/POLGRVL817.pdf Dictates temperature set points Outlaws personal appliances Green team and energy conservation program Proper balancing and scheduling of equipment Optimal starts Demand limiting and load rolling Reprogrammed lighting controls Equipment upgrades (VFD’s, lighting) Demand Response Energy Star Portfolio Manager www.energystar.gov www.energystar.gov = $150 /yr.
Technology Dept. Virtual servers Printer reduction program Eliminates classroom printers Reduces amount of printing – saves paper and toner Saves electricity Automatic shutdown of computers and projectors Remanufactured cartridges
District-Wide Projects Recycling Program Single Stream Recycling Glass, plastic, aluminum, cardboard, paper Recycling hauler chosen by CCIU bid GVSD recycles about 40% of our waste Costs $12.90 per pickup… $4,900 per year Lamps & Batteries Lamp recycling kits Recycling services Wood Pallets Returned to distribution warehouse Used by neighboring business Taken to recycling center PA Recycling – DEP Website http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/airwaste/wm/recycle/recycle.htm http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/airwaste/wm/recycle/recycle.htm
District-Wide Projects Energy Conservation Initiative “Green Team” at district and building levels Grass roots program – no equipment changes Since 2007-08, reduced electric use by 20% Saved over $350,000 25% of savings given back to each school Solar Photovoltaic Project $1 million project – 760 rooftop solar modules at GV Middle School Partially funded by $500,000 stimulus grant Year #1 Produced 198 MW of electricity Saved $23,799 District is selling SRECs earned