CBSD Energy Reduction Initiative
The Central Bucks School District seeks to lessen its impact on the environment and undergo cost savings by increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy usage. In 2007, CBSD launched the Energy Reduction Initiative, and since then the district has reduced electrical and natural gas energy usage, saved millions of dollars, and decreased its energy demand. During summers, faculty and staff work a 4 day week, allowing the school district to save an additional amount of energy on the long weekends. Solar panels have been installed on all 3 of our high schools and 2 middle schools, providing clean energy to our schools.Through the use of energy efficient lighting and equipment, CBSD has already reduced its electrical use by over 23 million kilowatt hours!
By incorporating sustainability goals into the renovation projects within the school district, CBSD is creating efficiently-operating schools that save energy and money. CBSD saves energy while maintaining good lighting quality using energy-efficient lighting options and by installing efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). CBSD also lessens its environmental impact by using low-flow water fixtures at sinks, resulting in the usage of less water.CBSD entered into a performance contract with Johnson Controls to create $24 million in guaranteed energy savings over 15 years through reduced energy usage, utility rebates, and demand-response revenue.Click here to read about CBSD's work with Johnson Controls.CBSD has saved over 23 million kilowatt hours of electricity since the energy reduction initiative began in 2007.
But what does this mean for the environment?Saving 23 million kilowatt hours of energy means 16.23 metric tons of carbon dioxide have NOT entered out atmosphere!*
That's equivalent to...
removing 3,381 passenger vehicles from the road
powering 2,233 homes with electricity for 1 year
planting 416,094 tree seedlings to sequester carbon
*Based on the US EPA's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.