energy-efficient practices

energy-efficient practices

UNC Wins Green Dorm Award

UNC-chapel-hill-logoA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dorm has been rewarded for improving their energy efficiency. The Morrison Residence is the winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star National Building program. The competition challenged 14 buildings to reduce their energy use over the course of a year.

Students living in Morrison Hall competed by floor to save the most energy by unplugging electronics that weren’t in use and turning off lights.  WRAL reported that residents tracked their progress on a touch-screen computer in the lobby. The building’s temperature control and ventilation systems were also optimized to be more efficient. In the end, the dorm cut its energy consumption by 35.7 percent and $250,000 in utility bills.

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Energy-Efficient Schools Initiative Featured at Clinton Global Initiative Meeting

energy efficientThe 2010 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting will feature an initiative focused on creating and supporting manufacturers, installers and unions to launch a comprehensive environmental and energy-efficient experiential education model in 500 schools across the country by the end of the year 2012.

National Wildlife Federation, green building products company Serious Materials, and Green Community Schools founder Jayni Chase have come together to create this coalition. The Energy-Efficient Schools Initiative’s purpose is to reduce barriers and encourage schools throughout the country to practice implementing energy efficiency. These practices are proposed to come through teaching students through a hands-on process. Elements of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will be used by students to create more energy-efficient practices.

In order to make these practices materialize, students will produce models that are more energy-efficient, develop skills to meet the needs of an emerging clean energy economy and learn about conservation and efficient technologies. Overall, the Energy-Efficient Schools Initiative addresses three key problems, including climate change and carbon-based energy consumption, declining STEM education in schools, and declining human capital and locus of control which is an individual’s desire to make a difference and feel that their choices matter. Read the rest of this entry »


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