Dedication and Hard Work Generate Outstanding Energy Savings
Before 2015’s Winter Break Shutdown with ENERGY STAR, Building Managers and their assigned RCM Interns discussed 2014’s Interval Data and brainstormed ways to improve upon last year’s performance. This helped kick-start energy saving across the district and strengthened the collaborative relationship between RCM Interns and Building Managers.
This relationship is part of the success story of Kenton County’s energy savings this year. “It’s been fun to learn from the building managers about how a building works, and how small actions can make a real difference,” shared Pranay, RCM intern and junior at a high School in Washington State.“And I’m amazed by the dedication these building managers show to reducing energy.”
Congratulations to Mike Lowe, Twenhofel Middle Schools Plant Manager, for being our new Star Performer. Mike has been with Twenhofel since the debut of their new green building in 2006, and is their go-to man with any of their problems whether it be HVAC or just a fix it. Over the summer when we began our New Energy Technology program, we approached Mike, and he absolutely ran with the program. He focuses on involving his faculty, staff and students of Twenhofel. Mike has implemented saving solutions all over the school and in result has saved the school $3,947 in just the month of August. Mike sends out emails to everyone in his building with reminder and suggestions to cutting energy cost in his already low energy consumption school.
If you are interested in energy conservation, the use of renewable forms of energy and exploring ways to reduce the impact humans have on our planet, then the Sustainable Energy Technology Engineering Academy may be a great fit for you. Sustainable Energy Academy students take courses in sustainable energy use, environmental science and language arts. These courses are taught with a combination of traditional classroom instruction, laboratory inquiry, field investigation and projects. Click on the following link to learn about the Sustainable Energy Technology Engineering Academy. Look for the Sustainable Energy Technology Engineering Academy in your course guide when you are choosing your classes for next year!
SIMON KENTON STUDENTS COOK UP SOLAR POWERED PIZZA BOX OVENS WITH KENTON ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
Holly Meade and many of her students identified in Gifted/Talented and/or leadership researched making solar powered pizza box ovens and shared that knowledge with Kenton Elementary Energy E=WISE2 over a three-week time frame. The science project was part of Holly’s first year teaching KTIP project. “I found an idea where I would have my students make solar powered pizza box ovens to go with the theme of Kenton’s Energy E=WISE2 group. I chose students of mine that were listed as Gifted/Talented in Science and/or leadership,” said Holly. “The Kenton Elementary students told me that they liked working with the high school students and that some of them can now say they have a friend at Simon Kenton! That was the coolest part. They also learned about how the ovens worked and how they can use these instead of a regular oven to conserve energy.” Kenton Energy E=WISE2 members were given additional directions on how to make the boxes again and recipes that they can use the ovens for. “My students are in the process of completing surveys and reflections on their experience, but from feedback I have already received I have heard my students saying that they really enjoyed working with the younger students, they felt that they helped them to understand and learn important science concepts by completing a hands on activity with them. They also enjoyed taking the time outside of school tom show their leadership skills,” said Holly.
Simon Kenton students involved in the project posed for a group picture. L-r ,front row: Katie Adams, 14; Tira Bickers, 14; Sydney Carpenter, 15; Kendra Chambers, 15; Megan Eichert, 14; L-r, back row: Holly Meade, teacher; Carly Garrison, 14; Annalise Palmer, 14; Corey Reynolds, 14; Katie Taylor, 14; Abbie Thatcher, 14; Mallory Valentine, 15. Absent when this picture was taken are Garrett Cobb and Josie Boswell.