Hollifield Station is Keeping on Track with Green Awareness
How can you save the environment and save your school money at the same time? By completing and energy audit, HSES Earth Force members are on their way to helping the environment, learning about climate change from a multidisciplinary perspective, and decreasing energy consumption in our school. The first audit was completed in 2009 and another audit was performed during April of 2012. The purpose of the energy audits was to identify areas of overuse as well as numerous options for reducing energy consumption in different areas of the school. Members of the Earth Force and Energy Teams conducted a light and appliance survey. Students used light meters to collect data on light levels in the classroom, corridors, cafeteria, library, restrooms, and general purpose areas. The students also compared Incandescent and Compact Fluorescent light bulbs. Do CFL's really save money? The energy team found out that using a fluorescent bulb over its life time of 10,000 hours, will save..... 10 light bulb changes $40.50 in electricity costs $1.50 in bulb replacement costs $42.00 in total Reduce greenhouse gas produced by power plants by: 691 pounds of carbon dioxide
Diane Sweeney,an Energy Management Specialists from Howard County, visited our fifth GT Math students last year. She helped the students analyze monthly electricity bills and brainstormed different kinds of energy used in the United States and their impact on the environment. After finding out the number of fluorescent light bulbs in the school (2,106) and the typical cost of two fluorescent bulbs ($3.67/month), the students calculated the monthly cost of our florescent lighting in the school ($3,864.51). The students were charged up about their findings and wanted to start right away with their energy saving ideas. Ideas implemented: In 2009, desk lamps were provided by the HCPSS Energy management Division. Teachers continue to use desk lamps before and after school hours instead of the fluorescent overhead lights. Teachers are encouraged to unplug electronics before leaving school on Fridays and holidays. Light switch posters were created to remind students and teachers to turn off lights when not in use. Custodians are encouraged to turn off lights in low traffic areas when there is a lot of natural light during the hours of 3:00- 7:00 pm. Lights are turned out in the cafeteria on most days during lunch shifts.
The energy team also wrote a letter to Mr. Ken Roey, HCPSS Executive Director of Facilities Planning and Management, persuading him to install light sensors in the restrooms. Mr. Roey's response was quick and the light sensors were installed two weeks later. Reducing energy consumption was very important to our students. Our students learned that their voices were heard and that they can make a difference!
Hollifield Station Saves County $25,000 over the Past Three Years!
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Students who live in the Hollifield community are encouraged to walk or ride a bike to school. Several teachers with bright yellow and orange vests meet students at 8:15 am at the intersection of Howard Run and Stonehouse Drive. A "Walking School Bus" is created as the students walk together to school. Walking Wednesdays create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment, and building connections between families, schools, and the broader community. Positive encouragement is a key ingredient in the success of our Walking Wednesdays Program. Students who walk or ride their bike to school enjoy hearing their name read on the morning announcements. Reducing our carbon footprint is important to our students. We have reduced the number of cars in our car loop by encouraging students to walk.
"Go Green" Night a Success at Hollifield Station
When the Earth Force Team was asked to decide on their goal for the year, they immediately responded with, "A Go Green night!" The students wanted a hands-on night that would show parents and kids alike that going green is fun and easy to do. Students spent the entire year preparing for this event. Several students and the GT Resource Teacher, Mrs. Speelman, went to the Green Fest held at the Howard County Community College to learn about the latest "Green" technology and to solicit vendors for the HSES "Go Green" night. The students learned how to communicate and persuade vendors to participate in their event. Educational activities and fun experiments that focus on the environment , saving energy, recycling, were planned to get the whole family thinking green. The students made flyers and announcements to advertise the event. Parents and students signed up on line for the sessions they wanted to attend. (Going Green is our moto!) Mrs. Raynaud, our P.T.A. president (2009-2011) was an integral part in the planning of this event. The Howard County Astronomical League culminated the evening with stargazing; however, it was inside due to the rain. The "Go Green" night was a huge success! The Earth Force Team members did a wonderful job presenting and organizing this night. Amrita Vaichalker, a fifth grade student said, " It was probably one of the biggest nights of our lives! We taught people about being green with fun, but educational activities. I am so proud to be an Earth Force Team member."
GreeaNEWit Fundraiser - Home Energy Audit
Coming Soon! Look for flyer in Monday Folders on April 15th.