BY KELLY MADSEN | IOWA ENERGY CENTER
Two central Iowa schools were recognized on the Green Schools Bus Tour for their commitment to energy efficiency and environmental education.
Representatives from the Iowa Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) stopped by Central Campus of Des Moines Public Schools and South Middle School of Waukee Public Schools as part of the Green Schools Bus Tour.
The Green Schools Bus Tour was supported by the Iowa Energy Center and involves state education officials, representatives from USGBC, school administrators, and students.
The purpose of the event was to spotlight school districts that have worked toward providing a more sustainable learning environment for their students. The ‘green’ achievements can range from a culture change within the school to sustainable practices to energy efficient building design.
Some ‘green’ highlights presented by students from Central Campus were:
• lowered electric costs due to new windows, lights, and occupancy sensors,
• recycled more than 20,000 pounds of paper in 2011,
• replaced disposable dishes with reusable plates in the cafeteria.
Additionally, students at Central Campus can take classes at the school’s Iowa Energy & Sustainability Academy, which was launched in the 2010-2011 school year. The program offers students a greater perspective on the long-term benefits of conservation.
South Middle School in Waukee was built in 2010 with the most up-to-date green building and energy efficient technologies.
The energy efficient efforts made by these schools can serve as a model for other schools looking to save money in energy costs and to teach through example. Progress can be made not only in the savings these school districts are accomplishing, but also by teaching students to prioritize energy efficiency at a young age.
To learn more about the Green Schools Bus Tour and efforts being made at Central Campus and South Middle School, click here.
Details on the Iowa Energy Center funding for the Green Schools Bus Tour can be found in the grant library, and more information on the grants and funding program from the Iowa Energy Center can be found here.