On August 3, a panel of Better Buildings Challenge K-12 school partners spoke to a room of over 40 attendees at the APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities annual conference held in Washington, D.C. Presenting on the topic of how energy efficiency fits into the modernization of facilities, the panel was moderated by Crystal McDonald, K-12 schools lead with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. Speakers from local school districts included:
- Jeet Viswanathan, Energy Manager with the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in Alexandria, VA,
- Justin Moss, Coordinator of Energy Management with Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) in Falls Church, VA, and
- Zachary Lammers, Program Manager in Energy Conservation with the Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ Operations Division in Pasadena, MD (AACPS).
Ms. McDonald provided an overview of the K-12 school successes in the program, emphasizing the importance of stakeholder support in modernization projects and the benefits of benchmarking and data collection. Mr. Viswanathan outlined the key components leveraged by ACPS to create an energy management program, including researching the data collection process, setting an energy management goal, and tying energy management into student learning.
As the 10th largest school district in the nation, the FCPS presentation centered on the importance of measuring building energy performance. Highlights included FCPS’s multi-faceted approach to benchmarking and using data to “reduce operating and support costs to devote resources to [the] primary mission – instruction.” The FCPS Get2Green program is the district’s sustainability communication tool that engages students with energy consumption dashboards, energy-focused curriculum and competitions.
In his presentation “Making the Most of Building Automation Systems for Energy Management,” Zach Lammers explained how his district combined global scheduling for over 1,000 pieces of equipment with standardizing sequences and designing custom analytics to provide the visibility necessary for personnel to efficiently manage the building automation system for the district.
Please click here to view the presentation slides from the conference. More information on the Better Buildings Challenge is available on the Better Buildings Solutions Center and the Better Buildings Challenge K-12 Schools Sector page.