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03/25/16 | K-12 Schools
The Coolidge Unified School District in Arizona is partnering with contractor McKinstry to come up with an innovative way to make a cultural change regarding energy use and consumption. Ben Armstrong and Angela Smiley, oowerED leaders for CUSD, shared with the school board recently the variety of ways that staff and students are becoming more aware of energy use at the site level and plans for the 2016-17 school year.
02/17/16 | K-12 Schools
A partnership between Pueblo City Schools (D60) and a national company aimed at making district buildings more energy efficient is putting the district in the "green," literally and figuratively. In August, McKinstry began implementing energy measures that will translate into a $14 million savings over the next 20 years. To date, this partnership has resulted in a lighting rebate to the district in the amount of $665,020 and an HVAC rebate totaling $33,575.
03/30/15 | Program News
McKinstry was honored with the Business Award for Excellence in Environmental Education from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) for our powerED program. CAEE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting quality environmental education in Colorado. The powerED team is committed to helping local government organizations and schools to conserve resources, save energy and care for our planet. We are honored to be recognized by CAEE for our behavior-based conservation program.
10/13/14 | K-12 Schools
Shadow Lake Elementary School in Tahoma School District was selected last spring as one of 48 national winners of the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School award. It was the only public elementary school in Washington state to win last year. As a whole, Shadow Lake has reduced its energy use by 24 percent in the last five years. The site has been designated as a National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat since 2005. A few of its other sustainability efforts include a Waste-free Wednesday lunch program, a school worm-farm and creating garden art out of non-recyclable materials to save them from the landfill.
05/23/14 | K-12 Schools
powerED school Mesa Elementary was just announced as a 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School honoree! U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized Mesa as one of 48 schools nationwide being honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics, STEM and green career pathways. Mesa is now one of seven schools and two districts in Colorado to receive the prestigious Green Ribbon School award, and is also the first school outside of the Front Range to be recognized.
03/11/14 | K-12 Schools
Mesa Elementary in Montezuma-Cortez School District is one of four schools in Colorado that has been nominated for a national Green Ribbon Schools Award. At Mesa, the school has reduced its energy consumption by more than a third over the past two years. The school district is in its third year of working cooperatively with McKinstry to address energy education and operational optimization. The campaigns spearheaded by McKinstry have challenged students and staff to continually assess, audit and address energy and resource consumption at school and at home.
03/10/14 | K-12 Schools
McKinstry is pleased to announce that its work with the Shakopee Public Schools district has helped four schools earn ENERGY STAR® certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The four schools, Eagle Creek Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Pearson Sixth Grade Center and Sun Path Elementary, were also named among the top 10 percent of the nation for energy efficiency.
01/08/14 | Program News
Over 40,000 people have taken the People.Power.Planet pledge to cut energy and waste. The pledge is a key component of McKinstry’s powerED program to solicit involvement and engage participants. The majority of these pledges have come from K-12 schools – students and staff – who are participants in the People.Power.Planet campaign. Beginning in early 2014, People.Power.Planet will launch for local governments, achieving additional pledges from employees of cities, counties, and special districts.
11/21/13 | K-12 Schools
A Colorado news station recently featured McKinstry’s powerED program at the Montrose County School District as its leading story on the evening news. The school district recently launched McKinstry’s powerED program to save energy and promote student and staff engagement in conservation across the district. As part of the launch, schools in Montrose are busy forming student energy audit teams, soliciting pledges for participation, and collaborating with building operators on energy-saving opportunities.
10/25/13 | K-12 Schools
The Madison Metropolitan School District in Madison, Wis., has surpassed the $1 million mark in cost avoidance since launching the powerED program three years ago. The comprehensive energy awareness and operational efficiency program leverages McKinstry expertise and the interest and commitment of District leaders to engage staff and students. Their efforts have led to an energy use reduction of 12 percent.
10/01/13 | K-12 Schools
Montrose County School District in Colorado has become the latest participant in McKinstry’s powerED program to promote energy efficiency and eliminate waste within its facilities. As part of the powerED program launch, elementary schools in Montrose and Olathe received a special visit from the Energy Hog - a mascot on loan from the Alliance to Save Energy - to teach encourage students to be Energy Hog "Busters" in their homes and school.
09/19/13 | K-12 Schools
McKinstry and Douglas County School District today announced a series of facility improvements to Douglas County High School that are expected to reduce the district’s energy and operational costs by $378,620 a year. In addition, eleven schools in DCSD will be participating in McKinstry’s powerED program to generate additional energy savings.
04/30/13 | K-12 Schools
On April 23, McKinstry powerED client Douglas County School District in Colorado was honored with the first ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award. Out of 15,000 school districts nationwide, only 14 were selected for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics, STEM and green career pathways.
03/26/13 | K-12 Schools
Centennial School District in Minnesota recently hit milestones on both the financial and energy fronts, announcing that it has saved $500,000 and reduced energy use by 13 percent since starting powerED in June 2010.
03/01/13 | Communities
Congratulations to the City of Boulder, Colo. for winning the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) award in recognition of its energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with McKinstry. Boulder and McKinstry have been business partners since 2009, including Boulder’s participation in McKinstry’s powerED program for cities and counties.
12/26/12 | K-12 Schools
The Montezuma-Cortez School District in SW Colorado received a rebate check for $32,439 from Empire Electric for the District’s energy efficient upgrades with McKinstry.
05/01/12 | K-12 Schools
Shakopee School District staff and students are ramping up to take part in an educational program to reduce energy use. Through McKinstry’s powerED program, the District hopes to educate staff and students about the importance of energy efficiency and how they can modify their behaviors to save energy.
02/02/12 | K-12 Schools
Centennial’s efforts to save energy are paying dividends, according to figures released by the district and its energy consumption reduction consultants. In the last 13 months, Centennial officials say the district has saved close to $250,000 by employing McKinstry’s services.
02/01/12 | K-12 Schools
The “Energy Hog” mascot, representing wasteful habits, is sent away after McKinstry’s Trish Curtis quizzed students at Centerville Elementary about energy saving strategies during an educational assembly at the school that was part of a district-wide People, Power, Planet energy conservation campaign Thursday, Jan. 12.
12/09/11 | Program News
Peoplepowerplanet.com earned a 2011 MarCom Platinum Award for excellence in marketing and communications. Thanks to Frause and the McKinstry team for making this summer’s redesign a huge success.
12/07/11 | K-12 Schools
Students across Madison Metropolitan School District are learning about sustainability. "See this Power Patrol card?" asks a third-grader named Bishop. "It’s our personal pass. When we wear it, we have access all over the place and we’re helping show the other kids and teachers how they can save lots of electricity around our school. But we’re not just helping our school. We’re helping our planet," he adds proudly.