FCPS Energy Competition Concludes with Big Savings
Seven Fairfax County public schools were recognized for their efforts in the district’s Get2Green divisionwide energy conservation competition, Battle of the Buildings, which ran from February 1 to April 30. Forty-seven schools participated, engaging students, teachers, and their school communities in energy conservation through simple methods such as turning off lights and electronics when not in use and closing windows when air conditioning is running.
Participating schools saved over 1,000,000 kBtu and nearly $30,000. The top savers in the competition were Hunters Woods Elementary School, which saved 25.9 percent compared to the same period in 2016; Haycock Elementary School, which saved 18 percent; and Madison High School, which saved 16.5 percent. Two schools, Olde Creek Elementary and Rolling Valley Elementary, won awards for their creative communications methods, and Centreville Elementary and Franklin Sherman Elementary won awards for high levels of community engagement. The winning schools are being rewarded with water bottle refill stations, two of which were donated by Elkay.
Schools shared their efforts on Twitter using #FCPSEnergyBattle. All participating schools were sent Kill-A-Watt meters, small devices that students can use to test how much energy various electronics in their schools consume. In addition to energy auditing, schools came up with a variety of creative methods to have fun conserving energy. Hunters Woods became the top energy saver by incorporating energy conservation into every aspect of the school day—reading outside, creating recycled artwork by window light, creating an energy dance under the sun, learning about circuits, and creating public service announcements to share on school news, social media, and with family and friends outside of school. At Olde Creek Elementary, principal Dustin Wright assumed an alter ego, Mr. Neon, who encouraged students to conserve energy and rewarded classes that were caught going green.
Congratulations to all of the participants on their efforts to conserve energy and help save the planet.