Connecting the Dots to Save Energy

Connecting the Dots to Save Energy

This post is the first post in our month-long series featuring schools across Virginia and their efforts to become more energy efficient.

Reducing energy consumption is increasingly becoming an important part of many educational facilities’ plans for the future. From undertaking building efficiency upgrades to installing renewable energy projects, many schools have been busy making their facilities run more efficiently to save energy, lower energy costs and operate more sustainably. The Southwest Virginia Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, for example, has signed on more than 100 schools to its Connect the Dots program where schools use web-based resources to conserve energy and encourage students to think about sustainability. To see if schools in your area are participating, check out the map.

Here is the first of several schools we will feature for their ongoing efforts to save energy and help Virginia reduce our consumption:

St. Catherine’s School: At St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, educators and students have been hard at work cutting back on energy use by undertaking a large scale energy conservation effort over the summer. As students settled back into class this fall, they could see lighting upgrades and occupancy sensors that have helped reduce electricity usage by 45 percent. St. Catherine’s also decreased the wattage of lighting levels, replaced exit signs with LED signs and continue to seek ways to save energy and make HVAC more efficient.

St. Catherine’s was also recognized by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) as a Green Certification school. To learn more about their efforts: St. Catherine’s.