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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Schools [Case Study]

Title:
Schools [Case Study]

Abstract:
Public elementary schools can be the birthplaces of a love of math and science for young students. The professionals who serve in two Champaign, Illinois schools can devote fuller attention to enhancing those interests now that these schools have completed improvements to upgrade their facilities while reducing energy costs by nearly 42%. As with many budget-challenged districts, the dollars previously spent on energy have been diverted to education funds, to improving energy efficiency has directly benefitted the students, teachers, and staff. Both Kenwood and Bottenfield Elementary Schools have undergone significant improvements to reduce the building operating costs as well as to improve the learning environment. Increasing comfort for the building occupants was a high priority for the District. The addition of cooling technologies to relieve the impact of summer heat means the buildings can now offer services year round. Champaign Unit 4 engaged the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) to review both Kenwood (in 2010) and Bottenfield (in 2009) as part of their facilities evaluation process. SEDAC's focus on energy efficiency directly addresses the facilities goal stated within the District's strategic plan: "Revitalize, build, and maintain facilities that are safe, sustainable and allow equitable access to programming across the district."

URL:
http://smartenergy.illinois.edu/pdf/Case-Study_Schools.pdf

Source:
Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC)

Resource Type:
Case study/success story

Date of Publication:
Not Available

Associated Sectors:

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