Today it was reported by KCCI that the school district plans to implement a new policy to charge teachers annual fees to keep personal appliances in their classrooms. The ultimate goal is for teachers to get rid of personal appliances to reduce energy usage throughout the district. For example, based on the national average 11.8 cents a kWH, one mini fridge can cost anywhere from $27 to $80 a year to operate depending on the model. DMPS is among many school districts and employers throughout the country attempting to make similar behavioral modifications. For example, in 2011 Limestone County Schools [...]
The City of Ames is using their city’s sesquicentennial to reiterate their commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability through a new program. The City of Ames is calling for 150 businesses to participate in “Smart Business” or to take the “Smart 150 Challenge” to make Ames a more sustainable city. The Smart 150 Challenge takes aim at improving the following sustainable measures: Energy and Water Conservation Transportation Waste Reduction Indoor & Outdoor Environmental Quality Carbon Footprint Community Engagement By participating, businesses can take advantage of rebate programs and implement a business energy plan that not only saves money, but helps [...]
Honey Creek Resort State Park in Rathbun, IA has made a committment to sustainability. As stewards of the environment they have made the golf course eco-friendly with native prairie grass, electric golf carts, and conscious chemicals. Furthermore they have installed solar panels and wind energy to offset usage in the cabins and clubhouse while solar water heating is used at the main hotel. They claim to be “Iowa’s greenest resort” and it would seem they are deserving of such a title. Kelly and his family visited Honey Creek over the weekend and had a great time. There’s even a [...]
Citi for Cities has partnered with Green Campus Partners to dedicate $50 million dollars to a revolving line of credit for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through the Citi For Cities initiative. Access to funding is a significant barrier for many entities to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy measures and reduce operating costs. The Citi For Cities initiative aims to overcome this challenge by providing a financing mechanism that will enable communities to install cost saving measures, stimulating economic growth and enhancing prosperity. For more information visit www.citiforcities.com.