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!

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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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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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RECYCLING CENTERS!

Alrighty  – I’ve been snapping pictures of effective recycling centers, so I’m going to post them all here, and we can have a discussion about why/how they’re effective during our next meeting. Additionally, think about how we can model this at West, so that we don’t have mixed recycling/garbage in every single recycling or garbage bin.
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This was taken at a café in Chicago. Look how people actually respected the signs:

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The street recycling system in Chicago. Note the specialized holes for each item in the recycling bin, and how people have to push a flap to throw stuff out (aka it’s easier to recycle your can than throw it out)
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Here’s the recycling center at Whole Foods in Madison. We’re 80 percent of the way there to having a similar set up in our West High LMC Recycling Center.

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Here’s the trash system at Whole Foods in Madison. Note how they have pictures, descriptions, and even EXAMPLES of what you can throw out in each bin. People respected the signs here too!

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Based off what you see here, what do you think we should take from these successful recycling systems and implement at West? Either comment with your ideas here, post it on the Facebook page, email me, or bring it to our next meeting!

I enjoyed taking all of these pictures! Perhaps I’ll also do a post with unsuccessful systems – or post pictures of how our school’s current “recycling” system is a failure and how we’re going to fix it.

Sevahn
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