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Two N.H. Districts Save Big with Biomass-Fueled Plants
Two New HampsHire scHool systems, the pembroke school District and winnisquam regional school District (wrsD), are reducing their carbon dioxide emissions by transitioning to biomass-fueled plants to heat their two largest facilities. partnering with Honeywell, a private energy technology manufacturer, the districts will save an estimated $3.7 million combined over the next 15 years by switching to plants that burn wood chips. The pembroke District completed its first phase in 2008, and wrsD expects its plant to be completed by fall. The biomass plants will use almost 1,000 pounds of wood chips each year from local suppliers to generate hot water in the boilers to heat the schools. “it’s a less expensive heating source,” says cheryl somma, business administrator at wrsD. “as the prices of fuel and other energy fluctuate, it will help keep costs down.”
By Marion herbert
Biomass plant construction is underway at the Winnisquam (N.H.) Regional School District.
sixty-four thousand gallons of oil fuel and 120,000 therms of natural gas will be saved by transitioning the two schools in each district to this model. This carbonneutral fuel source will lead to a combined annual reduction of almost 720 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Both districts have financed these programs through 15-year performance contracts with Honeywell. The savings—
which are guaranteed by Honeywell— will pay for the work. in addition to its completed plant, the pembroke District also installed highefficiency lighting and boilers, made roof renovations, and upgraded the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVac) controls. conversely, wrsD is putting the finishing touches on its additional renovations.
Indianapolis Public Schools Pursues LEED Certification
responsible places to work and learn. In whAt Is Its thIrD AnD fInAl phAse “we wanted to create a building that of an ambitious plan to renovate their diswas a conducive learning environment,” trict, Indianapolis public schools (Ips) will says steve Young, chief of facilities manbe putting the final touches on 25 refurbished agement at Ips. “we have been able to buildings that the district expects will receive correct that situation without increasing the leadership in energy and environmental utility costs.” Design (leeD) certification seal of approval. Ips found that its primary investments Ips, encompassing 65 schools and over 34,000 students, began its comprehensive sustain- A newly renovated science lab found were in updating the heating and air conability project in 2001 to update infrastructure in Indianapolis (Ind.) Public Schools. ditioning, lighting, security technology, and technology in the classroom. Attention and reduce energy costs. the district’s energyefficiency agenda coincides with a similar one from the city was also paid to windows and roofs that were revamped and, of Indianapolis, which learned April 21 that it would receive in many cases, replaced. Architecture was an important facalmost $10 million in federal funding from the U.s. Department tor as well, as Ips built six new elementary schools that reflect of energy as part of the retrofit ramp-Up initiative for com- the uniqueness of the communities in which they belong. the projected cost of all the renovations is estimated at munities pursuing sustainability projects. leeD certification is provided by the U.s. Green Building Council (UsGBC) to build- $700 million, paid for by taxpayer-approved bonds. Ips expects ings that are designed as economically and environmentally the project to be completed by 2012.
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From the Editor
Innovative Leaders Take the Phone and Run
A New Dawn in the Sunshine State
The Die-Hard Communicator
Cybersafety in the Classroom
Persuading Teachers to Go Rural
District Administration - June 2010