Earth Day April 22, 2014
WHAT IS EARTH DAY?
Earth Day is observed on April 22 and was started in theUnited States in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson to create awareness for theEarth's environment and to encourage conservation efforts. To show my age Iremember the first Earth Day and at our school we created a huge mural tocommemorate our commitment to making the Earth a better place to live in. In 1990, Earth Day was taken international, and today, more than 500 millionpeople in 175 countries observe Earth Day.
HOW DISTRICT 200 IS A NATIONAL LEADER IN
District 200 is one of only one of a handful of SchoolDistricts that have received the Energy Star Certification for all eligiblesites in the District three years in a row. This is quite anaccomplishment. Since the District 200 started the Energy Program inJanuary 2009 we have been able to do the following: Community Unit School District 200 has had an EnergyReduction Impact of 260,047 MMBTU (Onecubic foot of natural gas produces approximately 1,000 BTUs, so 1,000 cu.ft. ofgas is comparable to 1 MBTU. MBTU is occasionally expressed as MMBTU, which isintended to represent a thousand thousand BTUs) These savings are equal to: 260,047 equivalent metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions being prevented, or 5,277automobiles being removed from the highways annually, or the amount of CO2sequestered by 752,074 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.
HOW CAN YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS HELP keep the
earth day spirit alive all year long?
District 200 students want to participate in keeping their school GREEN and there are several areas that theycan do just that.
· Turn off lights when not in use—lighting accounts fornearly 50% of the electric bill in most of our schools. There’s no reasonto leave lights on if a room is empty for more than one minute. (And,yes, this applies to the new energy-efficient fluorescent lights.)
· Have students make signs and stickers to remind people toturn off the lights when they leave a room.
· Have students conduct an experiment in classrooms byturning off selected banks of lights and surveying occupancy comfort atdifferent lighting levels (often, occupants prefer working under naturallight).
· Use energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs(CFLs) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs in all lamps in the classrooms andoffice areas of your school. Costs for these are way down from only a fewyears ago.
· Don’t block the airflow around vents. Keepbookcases and other bulky items away from the heating and cooling units so theydon’t block and/or absorb the warm (or cool) air that should be coming into theroom.
· If your school computers have power-management features,make sure controls are set so they will go into the “sleep” mode when not inactive use. (Screen savers don’t save energy—only the sleep mode does).
· Students should turn off monitors that will not be usedfor the next class period. All computer equipment should be turned off atthe end of the day and on weekends, unless your network technicians specificallyinstruct otherwise.
· Form a student energy patrol to make sure monitors areoff when computers are not in use and to turn computers off at the end of theday as well as dropping blinds where possible..Being good stewards of both our money and
our environment gives DISTRICT 200 a great
sense of satisfaction as we celebrate
Earth Day 2014.