With so many centers working diligently nationwide to implement green programs and initiatives on campus, picking our first round of Earth Day Every Day (EDED) Demand-side Management Award winners was a difficult task. The two centers from each Region listed below were chosen for going above and beyond in their efforts to recycle, reduce waste, and cut back on water and energy usage. The Regional Offices will be accepting applications for the second round of Demand-side Management Awards soon. To be considered in this round, your center must submit a completed application (Instruction Notice 08-48) to your respective Regional Office no later than COB, March 31. Winners will be announced in April. Centers can also be nominated for EDED Center Recognition Awards. Applications are due to the Regional Office by Jan. 31, with the National Office making the regional selections by Feb. 17.
Boston Region Winners:
The Iroquois Job Corps Center implemented initiatives to save approximately 368,000 gallons of water per year by replacing showerheads and toilets with water-saving devices and cut electricity and gas costs by switching out old light bulbs with more energy-efficient bulbs. The center also created "Project Green Thumb," a Student Government Association-run recycling program for cans and bottles.
The Ramey Job Corps Center reduced its electricity costs by 13 percent last year. The center achieved this goal by closely monitoring energy usage on center and implementing new conservation measures, such as regulating thermostat settings to reduce cooling costs, turning off lights, installing new Energy Star equipment and water-saving devices, and recycling. The center also implemented xeriscaping by planting native plants to reduce the impact on the environment and installed three solar-lighting systems in its gazebo area.
Philadelphia Region Winners:
The Keystone Job Corps Center reduced its energy usage by almost 10 percent over the last year, despite an increase in its number of students. The center achieved these goals by installing solar panels and smart meters and by working closely with the local water authority to monitor water consumption on campus.
The Woodland Job Corps Center installed 27 solar panels, becoming the first to offer solar-panel installation training through a partnership with Anne Arundel Community College and the Chesapeake chapter of Independent Electrical Contractors. More than 75 Job Corps students participated in the program last year and are positioned to find sustainable employment opportunities in the green industry.
Atlanta Region Winners:
The Finch-Henry Job Corps Center (Batesville Job Corps Center) saved 231,300 gallons of water over a three-month period last year and implemented energy-efficiency measures that included purchasing Energy Star products and replacing light bulbs. The center also held a "Green Day," inviting a local university’s professors to speak to students and staff on best green practices, and created a "Green Committee" to lead conservation efforts on campus. Future plans include building a greenhouse on campus.
The Gadsden Job Corps Center started a recycling program that is expected to save 2,600 pounds of solid waste a year, replaced light bulbs on campus for a projected savings of 10,400 kilowatts of energy per year, and appointed a "green" officer on its SGA to spearhead conservation efforts on center. The center also purchased new Energy Star copiers, front-loading washers and dryers, and green office supplies.
Dallas Region Winners:
The North Texas Job Corps Center reduced its gas usage by 10 percent and its water usage by 30 percent over the last year. A committee of staff and students has also implemented a recycling program, placing recycling bins in all dorms, classrooms and other buildings on campus.
The Tulsa Job Corps Center cut its energy consumption by 3 percent, reduced water usage by 10 percent and implemented The Waste Paper Recycling Program, which kept 4.39 tons of paper out of the local landfills in 2009 through daily recycling. The center achieved these goals by installing motion detectors on lights, faucets, and toilets, replacing light bulbs, and using recycle boxes across campus to save paper.
Chicago Region Winners:
The Dayton Job Corps Center saved $9,392 by reducing the center’s energy consumption by 111,600 kilowatts during the past 11 months. The center has also implemented a Team Dayton Energy Efficient Program to encourage energy savings on campus, organized a recycling program and installed a more energy-efficient boiler system in the main building.
The Denison Job Corps Center implemented the "Be a Green Hero and Not a Green Zero" campaign to encourage staff and students to reduce, reuse and recycle. The campaign has led to a 15.6 percent decrease in water usage and a 14.5 percent reduction in electricity usage and to recycling approximately 8,280 pounds of material each quarter.
San Francisco Region Winners:
The Alaska Job Corps Center reduced its energy usage by 12.7 percent, cut back on waste, and installed motion-detector lights and energy-efficient boilers. The center also decreased its water consumption by 9.4 percent by using low-flow showerheads and reusing available water through rain gutters and rain collection devices.
The Sacramento Job Corps Center decreased its energy consumption by installing thermostat locks, purchasing drought-tolerant plants, implementing drip irrigation system timers, weather-stripping doors, and installing automatic flushing mechanisms and motion-detector lights.
Congratulations to our first round of EDED Demand-side Management Award winners and to all centers for their green efforts over the past few months. Keep up the good work, and check back soon for updates on our next round of winners.