Green Schools Summit Recap
The USGBC Idaho Chapter hosted their first Green Schools Summit at the Idaho Green Expo May 14th. The summit featured four sessions, which were recorded and are available at http://www.ustream.tv/user/USGBCIdaho/videos. This link and the following paragraph were sent to the ISBA (Idaho School Board Association) to distribute to school board members and superintendents to encourage them to watch and learn about the benefits of green schools.
“With all the talk of budget cuts on a state level, we see greening our schools and conserving on operating expenses by energy audits one of the most positive ways that we can cut the budget without having to cut other programs.” Specifically, the following benefits have been identified:
- 10-15% savings in energy costs through energy audits and tune-ups funded by federal stimulus money
- In the pilot schools in Homedale, replacing compressors for $1,300 resulted in $1,500 in savings in year 1.
A great resource for more information is our Green Schools Advocate for Idaho, Scott Hopkins, firstname.lastname@example.org, and www.centerforgreenschools.org.
Also, you may be interested in seeing the coverage we got on Channel 6, which can be viewed HERE
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