The comprehensive energy management program that North Shore School District 112 implemented 18 months ago continues to help the district save money and positively impact the environment. From December, 2010 through January, 2012, the latest period that savings have been calculated, the district reduced its energy costs by more than $450,000, and reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of 3,233 metric tons.
The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the decreased energy use translates to the equivalent of removing 580 automobiles from the road for one year, or planting 82,687 trees.
Expected natural gas and electricity costs for the time period calculated were about $1,350,000, said North Shore School District 112 Energy Education Specialist Gianni Perrelli. This was based on a comprehensive analysis of the prior year’s utility bills and took into account factors such as temperature fluctuations and changes in natural gas and electric rates. Actual costs for the period were about $900,000, he said, a savings of more than 33 percent. The district has been working in partnership with Energy Education, which specializes in helping schools and other large organizations reduce their energy consumption.
Red apple award
North Shore School District 112 received the 2012 Illinois School District Bright Red Apple Award for educational excellence from SchoolSearch, an educational research and consulting firm. The district was one of 79 Illinois school districts, out of 868 statewide, to receive the award.
The award is based on criteria that includes strong academic performance, low pupil/teacher ratio, sufficient operating expenditure per pupil and the strength of the teaching staff.
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