Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

It's Earth Month!

It's April! Never mind the 9 inches of fresh snow and the below freezing temps outside, the calendar says April and that means it's Earth Month. But what exactly does that mean? In April the following annual environmentally focused days of awareness and recognition are celebrated:
  • National Walk to Work Day, First Friday in April
  • Arbor Day, Last Friday of April
  • No Electronics Day, April 6
  • Earth Day, April 22
  • Garden Week, Second week in April
April is also considered Make America Beautiful Month. More posts on Earth Month and Earth Day and Month activities to come, stay tuned...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Today's Energy Insight

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the hours of operation in an office or school are typically only 30% of the total hours in a year when you take nights and weekends into account. Shutting off many types of equipment during unoccupied hours can save up to 70% of their electrical consumption. Be sure to turn off your lights and power down your electronics at the end of the day. AND be sure printers and copiers are shut down on Friday afternoons!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Spring Break!

The long anticipated (by both students and staff) spring break is just around the corner. As we get ready to head into an extended break when many of the buildings in the district are unoccupied, it is a great time to save some energy by shutting down or turning off any plug loads in your area, office or classroom.

Be sure to:
Power down computer monitors and speakers.
Shut off printers and copiers.
Close window blinds and shades.
Unplug charging stations.
Have a fun, safe and
energy efficient Spring Break!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Today's Energy Insight

We need energy to light our offices and classrooms, power our computers and smart boards and of course, cook our lunches. Our goal is to eliminate wasted energy - the stuff that's on when we are not in the room.

And you can't always depend on the motion sensor switches; get in the habit of turning off the lights every time you leave an empty room or unoccupied area. Even if you think you'll 'BRB' (be right back) because sometimes you get sidetracked or step out longer than intended.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Today's Energy Insight

Thousands of Opportunities to Save Energy!

With over 12,000 students and more than 2,200 employees in our district, one flip of a switch does make a difference. If just ONCE per day, 25% of the district staff remembers to turn off lights in an unoccupied area, that's 550 times a day energy is being conserved. If 10% of the students remember just ONCE a day to turn off a computer monitor, that's 220 times a day monitors are being powered down. Now multiply those numbers by 5 and in one week alone, there are literally THOUSANDS of opportunities to save energy if just a fraction of the students and staff turn off a light or shut off a monitor.
All our small efforts do add up to make a big difference!
It’s a Great Day to Save Energy in Robbinsdale Area Schools!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Today's Energy Insight

The Greenest Cities
Across the Globe

  • Copenhagen, Denmark has more people biking rather than driving so it is easy to see their focus is on reaching their carbon neutral goals.
  • Curitiba, Brazil has eco-city initiatives started long ago with a goal making it literally the ‘greenest’ city in the world (city has a current total of 52 m² of green space).
  • Oslo, Norway has a focus on renewable energy and is a leading city in electric car use with special incentives for eco-drivers.
  • San Francisco, California has a strict recycling program including pay-as-you-throw on non-recyclable garbage. San Fransisco is the greenest city in the US and has a goal of zero-waste by 2020.
  • Stockholm, Sweden has been aiming to reduce car use by offering green transportation alternatives. A congestion tax started in 2007 is raising money towards improving the environment.
  • Singapore City, Singapore has building requirements that ensures all buildings are green throughout.
  • Vancouver, Canada launched the Greenest City Action Plan in 2011, focusing on reducing emissions and waste, while increasing a green economy. Their goal is to be a completely renewable city by 2050.
  • Vienna, Austria knows how to use water efficiently. They use water to generate electricity. Wastewater from the city is treated and purified before being released back to nature.