Energy Conservation Toolkit
Utility cost is a major portion of our operations budget. By practicing simple steps stated below on energy conservation we can eliminate waste, save our natural resources, and help the environment, communities and City Schools. By building energy awareness among students, we can engage them in conserving energy at school and at home.For more information, contact:Rajeshri Bachubhay, Energy SpecialistJoanna Pi-Sunyer, Green Schools Coordinator
The 2018 PowerDown energy reduction competition is getting under way!Checklists and things you can do
Use these checklists with students and staff to review things each group can do to save energy.
- Checklist for students
- Checklist for school-based staff
- Checklist for building engineers
- Make double-sided printing the default for your computer and printer.
- Turn off classroom, office, auditorium, and gym lights when not in use 10+ minutes.
- Log off computers, turn off monitors, and turn off and unplug electronic equipment (e.g., white boards) when not in use..
- Avoid personal appliances (heaters, microwaves, etc) which consume energy even when they are off.
- All schools and administrative buildings must recycle paper, glass, plastic, metal, light bulbs and electronics; see the Recycling Toolkit.
- See your school's utility use (these are PDF files, so type Ctrl-F to search by school name):
- 2016-17 school year (water & sewer not available)
- 2015-16 school year
- 2014-15 school year
- 2013-14 school year
- For data in Excel, or any questions, email Raj Bachubhay.
Activities to do with your students
- Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge (GHSC) grants from the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability of up to $2,500 are available each fall for student-led greening projects.
- Three classroom actions
- Have the Tiny House, also known as the Mobile Energy Education Center, visit your school! Call Baltimore Energy Challenge at 443-469-2614
- Lighting audit of your school
- Morning announcements
- Other things you can do with the Baltimore Energy Challenge
- Build a solar oven
- Electricity, electricity everywhere! for young students
- Resources from Grades of Green: Student energy monitor checklist, classroom energy audit form,and lights tracker tally sheet.
- Conserve water! Try this water use calculator with students.
Curriculum and lesson plan ideas
- Switch has an educator portal with a full-length film, short films, curricula and more.
- The US Dept of Energy education toolbox with links to videos, an interactive on-line quiz, directions on building a pizza box oven, and more.
- PowerSave Schools provides lots of lessons and resources.
- The National Energy Education Development Project's (NEED) educators site includes curriculum by grade and subject, correlations to Common Core and NGSS, resources in Spanish, and PD opportunities.
- The US Energy Information Administration hosts Energy Kids including a Teacher Guide with activities by subject and by age.
For families and your school community
- Top 10 actions you can take at home
- Information about rebates
For businesses surrounding your school
- Tips for businesses
- To schedule a free Energy Assessment and receive free energy saving supplies for your business, call 443-869-2614