The Ossining Union Free School District will be given The Award for Energy Stewardship from Energy Education next week. Read the district’s release below:
For saving enough energy in 31 months to effectively plant more than 55,639 trees, the Ossining Union Free School District will be presented with The Award for Energy Stewardship from Energy Education during the April 27 board meeting at Roosevelt School at 7:30 p.m. The Award for Energy Stewardship recognizes the organization’s efforts to implement an innovative people-oriented energy conservation and management
program. The program is administered through a strategic alliance with Energy Education, a national company whose energy conservation programs have saved more than $2 billion for educational and ministerial organizations since 1986.
“The Ossining Union Free School District, Superintendent Glassman, the board members and administration are demonstrating wise fiscal and environmental stewardship by implementing this unique people-oriented energy conservation program,” said Dr. William S. Spears, CEO and Founder of Energy Education. “Using human resources to reduce energy use saves natural and financial resources for the organization and the community.”
The program delivers an environmental benefit by reducing the carbon footprint. Energy saved means less emission of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. According to EPA/EGrid figures, the Ossining Union Free School District saved 27,165 MMBTU in the first 31 months of the program, equivalent to preventing 2,175 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, removing 390 cars from the road or growing 55,639 pine trees for 10 years.
“We are extremely proud that the Ossining School District is once again ‘on the map’: this time for our energy conservation accomplishments,” said Dr. Phyllis Glassman, Superintendent of Schools. “We are grateful that Ossining has been recognized for our commitment to responsible budgetary and environmental leadership. This energy program is an excellent vehicle to assist our District personnel in practicing good stewardship of our resources. The willing participation of virtually every staff person – teachers, administrators, teaching assistants, secretaries, custodians, buildings and grounds staff and food service colleagues, among others, adds to our success.”
District Energy Education Specialist Nancy Feliciano-Vargas receives intensive training from Energy Education energy specialists to implement conservation procedures in all of the system’s facilities. She conducts energy audits to ensure that students and teachers are comfortable during class times and scheduled activities, and that energy is used only as necessary. She works hard to motivate everyone in the district to use energy wisely, keep classrooms comfortable, and practice smart energy strategies.
Energy Education’s innovative Transformational Energy Management TM process trains client personnel to implement behavioral and organizational change that substantially reduces energy consumption without the purchase of new equipment. The program is funded solely and
rapidly by the savings it generates, allowing clients to redirect saved energy dollars to other priorities. In 24 years, Energy Education has worked with more than 1,000 educational and ministry organizations, helping clients save over $2 billion in utility costs. Energy Education was named 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.