Madison West Green Club

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Green Energy Competition: Day 1-3 Results

Today marked the end of the 2013 Green Energy Competition between two major rival schools in Madison, Wisconsin – West High and Memorial. I will post the final results of the competition over the weekend as we find out more information. After winning the first three days of the competition, the Madison West Green Club is incredibly excited to learn how we did on Day 4 and overall!

Yesterday was yet another successful day of the Green Energy Competition! We maintained a 15% reduction in West High’s total energy consumption. Over merely three days, we – collectively as a school – saved nearly 2,000 kilowatt-hours of energy, more than what two average households consume in a month!! The energy data was measured throughout the competition by a meter that the McKinstry company/People.Power.Planet initiative installed at West last year. Click here for more information about the units with which we measured energy consumption.

I’m so impressed by the amount of enthusiasm that our club members, student body, and staff displayed throughout the event. Everyone’s energy (sorry, bad pun) and how devotedly everyone united to meet a common goal was absolutely amazing to witness!

Madison West Green Club

Madison West Green Club

So, here are the data for the first three days of the Competition (they do not include today’s results). I will post the overall energy conservation (of both West and Memorial) as soon as I get the information this weekend!

WEST (02/14):

February 14, 2013 (7am-5pm) February 16, 2012 (7am-5pm) Difference % Change from baseline
3,251.02 kWh 3,808.88 kWh -557.86 kWh 14.6%

MEMORIAL (02/14):

February 14, 2013 (7am-5pm) February 16, 2012 (7am-5pm) Difference % Change from baseline
4,431.08 kWh 4,797.27 kWh -366.19 kWh 7.6%

OVERALL WEST (02/12 – 02/14):

Electricity Use 2013 (7am-5pm) Electricity Use 2012 (7am-5pm) Difference % Change from baseline
9588.65 kWh 11,413.09 kWh 1,824.44 kWh 16.0%

OVERALL MEMORIAL (02/12 – 02/14):

Electricity Use 2013 (7am-5pm) Electricity Use 2012 (7am-5pm) Difference %Change from baseline
13,244.55 kWh 14,244.81 kWh 1,000.26 kWh 7.0%

Thank you again to everyone who made the Green Energy Competition possible – teachers, students, pledgers, custodial/maintenance staff, and more – and James Madison Memorial for working with us to inspire energy conservation in our schools! Hopefully, the event has energized everyone involved to be more conscious about their actions and their energy expenditure and helped everyone realize that change really does begin with the individual!

Cheers,

Amy Hua
amy.h.hua@gmail.com
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West High in the Lead!

Fantastic job, everybody – students, teachers, custodial/maintenance staff, and everyone else involved in the Green Energy Competition between West and Memorial! The competition started Tuesday and tomorrow (Friday) will be the last day.

So far, we have collected nearly 400 pledges to help West conserve energy – way to go, Regents! Tomorrow will be the last day to pledge to conserve energy at West (and be green in general), so stop by the Ash Street entrance before school and during lunch to sign up! It’s really simple; all you need to do is pledge to, for example, turn off lights in all your classrooms or remind teachers to turn down their thermostats. You get a sticker and magnet just for pledging!

On Tuesday, West consumed nearly 19% less energy (or 720 kilowatt-hours) than it did last year in February, while Memorial reduced their school’s energy consumption by about 6%.

WEST (02/12):

February 12, 2013 (7am-5pm) February 14, 2012 (7am-5pm) Difference % Change from baseline
3,136.68 kWh 3,855.81 kWh -719.13 kWh 18.65% decrease

MEMORIAL (02/12):

February 12, 2013 (7am-5pm) February 14, 2012 (7am-5pm) Difference % Change from baseline
4,404.61 kWh 4,665.42 kWh -260.81 kWh 5.59% decrease

Yesterday, West remained in the lead with a 15% reduction in energy reduction (550 kilowatt-hours), and Memorial reduced theirs by 8%.

WEST (02/13):

February 13, 2013 (7am-5pm) February 15, 2012 (7am-5pm) Difference % Change from baseline
3,200.95 kWh 3,748.40 kWh -547.45 kWh 14.6% decrease

MEMORIAL (02/13):

February 13, 2013 (7am-5pm) February 15, 2012 (7am-5pm) Difference % Change from baseline
4,408.86 kWh 4,782.12 kWh -373.26 kWh 7.8%

And, overall, West remains in the lead with a 10% margin, so let’s continue our efforts and keep up the momentum, West!

OVERALL WEST (02/12 and 02/13):

Electricity Use 2013 (7am-5pm) Electricity Use 2012 (7am-5pm) Difference % Change from baseline
6,337.63 kWh 7,604.21 kWh 1,266.58 kWh 16.7% decrease

OVERALL MEMORIAL (02/12 and 02/13):

Electricity Use 2013 (7am-5pm) Electricity Use 2012 (7am-5pm) Difference %Change from baseline
8,813.47 kWh 9,447.54 kWh -634.07 kWh 6.7%

We are on our way to winning the Green Energy Competition, but Memorial’s catching up to us fast! Let’s make sure they don’t close in on our margin of victory!

Stay green,
Amy Hua
amy.h.hua@gmail.com


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1/31 Meeting with Holmes (just Amy & Sevahn)

Amy and I had a meeting with Mr. Holmes today to discuss our upcoming Green Energy Competition against Memorial, and we want everyone to be on the same page (here are the meeting notes).

Agenda:
1) permission to reduce hallway lights (talk to custodians)
2) announcement to address students and teachers
3) teacher involvement
4) heaters ==> have the teachers turn the thermostats down!

To Do:
Monday 2/4 (afterschool): Amy and Sevahn will talk to the custodians to get some over-lighted rooms shut off
Thursday 2/7 (lunch): GROUP MEETING IN MR. MERLINE’S ROOM! BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!
finalize plans for following week and pledge stuff
Friday 2/8 (2nd half of day): Attend the Midwinter Aud to scout and see if the Steven’s Gym is still over lighted.

we need people on ash before school/during lunch during 2/6-2/8 & 2/11-2/14 to collect pledges. please stick to your shift (or else…)! we’ll have a signup on face book and at the meeting tomorrow.

Cozy Sweater idea/equivalent.

We will have some goodies (announced at meeting, not blog) to keep the enthusiasm going 😉

See you at the meeting tomorrow – please be there – If we really want to win the $3,000 – we’re really going to have to work to get this!

Amy & Sevahn
amy.h.hua@gmail.com & kayaneh@gmail.com


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9/14 Meeting Summary

After much pondering about what would be the most effective way to communicate, we decided to post our Friday meeting summaries here. Not only will they be easier to access, but they will also be public – so everyone can reach out to us with feedback!

Our first meeting was fantastic; we had an excellent turnout! It was  great to see so many new (and returning) faces, but most importantly, a ton of energy and many ideas! We are so excited for this year – we definitely have the capacity to accomplish a ton and make a big impact on our local communities (whether it’s inside or outside West High School).


9/14 Agenda:

1) Introduction

  • Mr. Grady, head advisor
  • Amy and Sevahn, president and vice president

2) 2011-12 Accomplishments

  • Click here to see the PowerPoint!

3) Brainstormed the projects we want to carry out this year. Here’s what we brainstormed (no, we’re not doing all of this!):

  • Green our school
  • Spread awareness about West’s green activities to community
  • Incorporate community (not just including West)
  • Collaborate with local organizations such as Sustain Dane and Citizens Climate Lobby
  • Spread awareness about environmental and climate change issues in general
  • Get local small businesses involved
  • Write grants to fund solar panels and other potential projects
  • Acquire powerful hand dryers and install in West bathrooms
  • Compost
  • Have more clean-up/trash pick-up days
  • Establish better-labeled trash/recycling bins
    • Contact waste management
  • Green lunch room (replace plates, have fresher food options)
  • Build a rooftop garden
  • Offset carbon expenditure
  • Pursue Madison Metropolitan School District funding for our projects
  • Establish committees to work on specific projects; ideas include:
    • Outreach
    • Recycling
    • Composting
    • Grant
    • Energy Conservation/Renewable Energy

4) Discussed mission statement ideas and goals


Projected 9/21 agenda:

1) Finish up the mission statement

2) Form committees and start outlining work in groups
That’s all for now! Feel free to email us with questions or ideas. See you on Friday!

Sevahn Vorperian: kayaneh@gmail.com
Amy Hua: amy.h.hua@gmail.com