Madison West Green Club

The experiences of the Green Club at Madison West High School in Madison, Wisconsin as we green our school and community. Join us on our journey to sustainability!


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Green Energy 2013: Summary and Pictures

Madison West High School won the 2013 Green Energy Competition against Memorial! Nice work everyone! The amount of support and participation from the student body – the head principal making announcements, teachers shutting off their lights, 400+ students pledging to help out, members of Green Club religiously manning the pledge station, and students reminding teachers to shut off the lights and helping with blind opening – was FANTASTIC!

One of the major challenges with a school-wide competition is to harness enough momentum to plow through the week. Let’s briefly examine our numbers:

Day Date of Competion kWh Competition Day Baseline Date kWh Baseline Day Difference % Change from Baseline Avoided Carbon (metric tons) Avoided Cost
(7am-5pm) (7am-5pm) (metric tons) (assuming $0.12/kWh)
TUESDAY 2/12/13 3136.68 2/14/12 3855.81 -719.13 -18.65% -0.54 -86.30 -0.11
WEDNESDAY 2/13/13 3200.95 2/15/12 3748.40 -547.45 -14.60% -0.41 -65.69 -0.08
THURSDAY 2/14/13 3251.02 2/16/12 3808.88 -557.86 -14.65% -0.42 -66.94 -0.08
FRIDAY 2/15/13 3142.32 2/17/12 3771.08 -628.76 -16.67% -0.47 -75.45 -0.09
OVERALL 2/12/13-2/15/13 12730.97 2/14/12-2/17/12 15184.17 -2453.20 -16.16% -1.85 -294.38 -0.36
TOTAL BOTH SCHOOLS 2/12/13-2/15/13 30345.63 2/14/12-2/17/12 34224.35 -3878.72 -11.33% -2.93 -465.45 -0.58  

On the first day, we reduced our electricity consumption by 18.65% in relation to 2/13/2012. We were all pretty excited, but could we keep it up?

We sure did; on both Wednesday and Thursday, we remained at a constant 14% reduction. In relation to last year’s Green Week, we slowly died down over the week – but this year, we remained constant.

Then, on Friday, we went back up to 16.67% reduction in relation to 2/17/2012 – we were able to further reduce our energy consumption!

On the Facebook page, students reported that they enjoyed having fewer lights on. Classrooms felt more “relaxing” and both teachers and students realized that several light sources in our building really don’t need to be on. Our hope is that people will continue to maintain their pledges and that teachers will continue to use reduced lighting, as our school saved a total of $294.38 just by cutting a few lights.

Between West and Memorial, 3878.72 kWh of energy were NOT used. Therefore, we avoided 2.93 metric tons of carbon emissions. This is the equivalent of taking a car off the road for MORE THAN HALF A YEAR. We shut off some lights, saved money, and helped the planet.

It wasn’t that hard; we just have to make this a habit. Hallways were just fine to walk in with reduced lights:

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gec2013-8     Classrooms were more than visible:

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We got over 400+ pledges:

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AND, we had a ton of fun making this happen:

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On behalf of the Madison West Green Club:

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THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN! Incredible things (like this) are only possible when we come together and work hard. In the words of Ghandi (and the excellent reminders in Mr. Grady’s classroom):

we must be the change we wish to see in this world.

Cheers!

Sevahn and Amy
emails: kayaneh@gmail.com and amy.h.hua@gmail.com

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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!

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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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