School District Earns Nationwide Recognition

Nov 21, 2011 No Comments by

Faculty and staff at Londonderry School District have consistently paved the energy conservation pathway for other organizations while achieving significant savings with energy-efficient behavior – and now those good habits are earning the organization national recognition.

Londonderry School District has achieved a 31 percent energy cost savings totaling $3,918,402 in a 136 month program since forming a strategic alliance with Energy Education.  The national energy conservation company will present Director of Buildings and Grounds, Chuck Zappala, with its Chairman’s Sustainability Award at the School Board meeting October 25, 2011.  The award lauds the organization’s success in implementing the company’s Transformational Energy Management process – a comprehensive organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation at all levels of the organization.

“Sustaining this level of energy conservation is a significant achievement.  Through the years, Londonderry School District has done an excellent job of implementing Energy Education’s transformational program.  The Director of Buildings and Grounds, Chuck Zappala, School District Energy Manager, Bob Lees, Superintendent, Nate Greenberg and the Board, along with other administration, faculty and staff members are to be commended for clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money and the environment,” said Dr. Spears.

“Strong support from Superintendent Greenberg and the Board have created a system-wide culture of conservation and cooperation that will ensure even greater success well into the future,” Dr. Spears said.

“I am extremely pleased to present Londonderry School District with our Chairman’s Sustainability Award.  The district joins a very committed, elite group of organizations across the country working hard to conserve energy so that dollars saved can be reserved for educational needs,” said Dr. Spears.

Mr. Nate Greenberg, Superintendent, said “Every dollar we don’t spend on energy is available to us to improve our facilities and add to our instructional programs.  The challenge is that saving significant energy dollars requires the consistent execution of hundreds of energy saving actions by hundreds of staff members and educators every minute of every day.  Yet every day our people are doing what most people struggle to do even one day in their own homes.”

A key benefit of the Energy Education program is that it is self-funded and guaranteed.  All program costs come out of the existing utility budget.  The program’s savings pay for the program, as they have for Londonderry School District.  Additional savings can be reserved for other parts of the budget.  Many organizations credit the program with helping fund personnel and programs that would otherwise have fallen victim to budget cuts—a very real concern with today’s economic crisis.

Part of the Transformational Energy Management process involves Mr. Bob Lees working with Energy Education to analyze every energy-use point in the organization, resulting in a plan to use energy wisely while eliminating waste.  As Energy Education Specialist, he continually reviews energy use, updating plans as programs and seasons change, and performs frequent energy audits to ensure that proper conservation practices are used consistently throughout the system.  “We encourage, educate and motivate our people to be part of the solution, not part of the problem”, says Director of Buildings and Grounds, Chuck Zappala.

To measure and verify program success, the Energy Education Specialist tracks energy consumption—including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil—using energy accounting software.  He compares current energy use to a baseline period and calculates the amount of energy that would have been used had conservation and management practices not been implemented.  Tracking consumption and analyzing energy use meter-by-meter, he can quickly identify and correct areas that need attention.

Energy Education’s innovative Transformational Energy Management 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 25 years, Energy Education has worked with more than 1,100 educational and ministry organizations, helping clients save over $2.5 billion in utility costs.  Energy Education has been recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy with their highest honor, the 2011 Energy Star Award for Sustained Excellence.  This award follows the receipt of the Partner of the Year award in 2009 and 2010.

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Jacklynn has been a resident in Londonderry since the age of 5. She grew up in a quiet neighborhood and went through the great school system. She has fond memories of bike riding through town in the spring and summer, sledding in the winter, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. She now has children of her own and looks forward to raising them in the same town she enjoyed so much as a youth.
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