Norman E. Day Elementary School in Westford, MA Stands Out as Energy ChampionMay 14, 2012–The 2012 Green Energy Challenge, a free Green Education Foundation (GEF) program sponsored by National Grid, asked schools across New England and New York to submit their chronicles of energy conservation to become an Energy Spotlight School. The spotlight school’s story is then shared with the entire GEF community and beyond to educate and inspire other schools, youth groups and communities to start their own energy conservation programs. The winning school also receives reusable shopping bags and water bottles for students and staff.
The 2012 winner was the Norman E. Day School in Westford, Massachusetts. This elementary school launched a campaign, led by a local Eagle Scout named Aziz Rangwala, to ‘stop the energy guzzler.’ “Our hope is that through this project, we will educate the students, who will then take these energy practices to their homes, their communities, and their future. By instilling students with these tools, we hope that they will develop a sense of conservation and responsibility to the environment and cut down on the wasting of energy,” stated Rangwala.
As part of his fourth Eagle Scout project, Rangwala attends Day School assemblies and visits classrooms to speak with students about the importance of conserving energy and shares strategies for conservation at home and at school. As part of the energy program, each class has one homeroom representative to assist in fulfilling their energy pledge. Examples from the pledge include making reminder plates to shutoff light switches and lower thermostats, using both sides of the paper, and unplugging electronic devices at the end of the day. Furthermore, Rangwala and a team of professionals are conducting energy audits of the school building to make recommendations for improved efficiency through equipment updates and changes in operations and maintenance practices.
To read more about the Norman E. Day School and Aziz Rangwala, visit GEF’s website at www.greeneducationfoundation.org/green-energy-challenge-menu/how-to-participate-gec/contests/energy-spotlight-school.
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