APS Kicks Off Spring Energy Challenge

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APS staff members and students get on board for the Spring Energy Challenge by turning off lights and managing school thermostats.
APS gets on board for the Energy Challenge by managing school lights and thermostats.

This month, APS is kicking off its Compete to Reduce Energy Challenge for the spring semester. The district-wide competition offers schools the opportunity to earn thousands in cash incentives by reducing energy use.

Any K-12 school group, student club or “green team” with a designated club sponsor may participate. The challenge focuses on empowering students and staff to learn about energy use and take action through energy conservation activities and projects.

This year, APS has introduced an interactive building dashboard that allows students and staff at each school to monitor energy use and make simple changes in real time. To view this exciting new tool, visit www.buildingdashboard.net/aps and click on your school in the picture menu.  For more information on this tool and how to connect your school group, please contact Julie North at ext. 28668 or via email, jenorth@aps.k12.co.us.

Did you know?
  • In 2013, APS spent $8.2 million on natural gas, electricity, waste and water use.
  • Schools can save up to 20 percent of their energy use simply by having students and staff turn off lights and computers and unplug personal electronics throughout the day.
  • Implementing these simple practices at just three schools can add up to more than $130,000 per year—enough to power a middle school for an entire year!

APS staff members are invited to learn more at the Energy Challenge kickoff meeting:

Thursday, Jan. 29, 4 p.m.
Mt. Harvard Room
APS Professional Learning & Conference Center

For more information about the Energy Challenge and to view the competition guidelines, visit maintop.aurorak12.org/energy-conservation or call Julie North, Natural & Renewable Resources Coordinator, at ext. 28668.