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Lake earns Florida Green School Award
Lake County Schools is a bronze level recipient of the 2015 Florida Green School Award. The award is sponsored by the Florida Green School Network, which acts as a central clearinghouse for the green school movement in the state of Florida. It was designed to recognize and support green school initiatives at the school and school district level and to aid them in adopting practices that will conserve natural resources, promote sustainability and reduce operating costs.
Some of our Green School initiatives in Lake include recycling, using solar panels with computer monitoring, and catching rainwater and growing gardens at elementary schools.
We saved about 3.2 million gallons of water by using low flow devices and through faster leak detection and repairs.
We also saved between 1 million and 3 million kWh by keeping campuses dark during unoccupied hours, switching from T-12 to T-8 lighting, and adjusting building temperatures and lighting during summer break.
The cost savings generated by our energy efficiency initiatives is estimated at about $800,000 per year.
Our district is piloting water monitoring through the use of water signal devices that report to a cloud server with alarm features. We are also beta testing the use of light-emitting diodes (LED lights) as a more efficient way of illuminating our campuses.
Lake County Schools is ranked No. 10 in the state of Florida for having the lowest electrical costs per square foot out of the 67 districts in Florida, according to the state Department of Education. “We’ve done a lot in the area of energy management, and we are proud of the recognition,” said Michael Corr, Director of Maintenance and Renovations. “We look forward to expanding these efforts in the future.”