The Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences placed second of 39 schools in the annual Green Cup Energy Challenge 2014 for the Chesapeake Region, reducing energy use by 10.3 percent over the same time period of last year.
The Green Cup Challenge is a program of the Green Schools Alliance (GSA) that “motivates schools worldwide to track their electricity use and make improvements to operations and facilities while also cultivating sustainable behaviors and student engagement,” according to a GSA press release.
During the challenge, students and faculty were encouraged to reduce energy use by switching off lights in unoccupied rooms or using natural light in classrooms when sufficient and turning off computer monitors when not in use. They were provided with reminders and energy facts during morning meeting.
To track energy use throughout the challenge, which took place from Jan. 15 to Feb. 12, Bernie Weintraub, director of facilities; Tara Barnhart, eighth-grade teacher; and Susanne Johnson, director of institutional advancement, worked with the Green Cup Student Committee to read the meters each week. The readings were entered into a web-based software created to track competition standings and allow Green Cup Challenge administrators to compare performance between schools.
Reducing energy use continues to remain a priority at Barnesville and is an integral component of the school’s status as a Certified Maryland Green School, Kristen S. Carter, director of marketing and communications, said in an email.