NB schools SEEing results with energy efficiency effort

The Energy Elf, Becky Leuer, reading to kindergarten students in Mrs. Moriarty’s class. Photo supplied

The Energy Elf, Becky Leuer, reading to kindergarten students in Mrs. Moriarty’s class. Photo supplied

North Branch Area Public Schools is beginning its fifth year of participation in the Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE) program.  The theme for year five is “Envision” and encourages people to “Imagine a Better World.”

NBAPS reports terrific results for the first quarter of year five — February, March and April 2013 — with a total cost avoidance of $51,173 and overall 21 percent decrease in total energy use. During the same time period in 2012, the results showed a energy use reduction of 12 percent and cost avoidance of $27,600.

“The district is very pleased with the results for this quarter that nearly double what we showed a year ago,” Energy Efficiency Coordinator Becky Leuer said. “This shows the commitment the school district has to conserve and be a good steward of tax payer money.”

The district has achieved these results with a combination of behavioral changes and asset improvements.  SEE provides many education activities for students and staff.

At the Annual Peer Exchange held in June, NBAPS Energy Efficiency Coordinator Becky Leuer was named the Energy Efficiency Coordinator of the Year for the SEE program.  Amy Harker, SEE program consultant commented that “She is passionate about life and whatever she takes on you will see her passion and ability to make things fun … Becky is very creative when it comes to engaging students and staff.”

Her activities include reading to elementary kids, making a yearly energy calendar, creating an energy coloring book, or writing the Stall Street Journal put out monthly to report results and give energy saving tips.

Around the district, Leuer is known as the “Energy Elf” around school for the character she created to use during classroom activities with students.

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