What Carmel Clay School District is doing


Carmel Clay Schools Green Initiatives


  • District wide replacement and conversion of light bulbs and ballasts with new GE ‘Green' energy saver bulbs and ballasts. (Program implemented in 2003)
  • District wide energy and building management programs initiated since 1995.
  • Through the Energy Savings Program, Carmel Clay Schools avoided $806,259 in energy costs during the 08-09 school year . In January 2009 alone, we avoided costs of $155,218.
  • This school year, our conservation efforts have prevented the equivalent of pollution from 877 cars or added the equivalent of 1,815 acres of forest. We have prevented the burning of 1,956 tons of COAL, resulting in saving our atmosphere from:
    • 4,889 tons CO2
    • 40,579 kg SO2
    • 16,134 kg NO
  • Without our conservation program these energy costs would have been paid for out of the general fund (the same fund that covers costs for pay, benefits, etc.).
  • First school system in the U.S. to have a bio-diesel lawn tractor.
  • Purchases of fuel efficient trucks and bus fleet.
  • Bio-diesel fuel used in bus fleet.
  • Use of ultra high efficiency condensing boilers at: ESC, Clay Middle School, Carmel High School, High School Stadium, and West Clay Elementary School.
  • Implementation of ‘Optimal Start, Stop' technology in 15 Carmel Clay buildings in 2008, resulting in 10-15% savings in natural gas.
  • Lower energy costs by lowering district-wide heating set points 2-4 degrees and raising district-wide cooling set points 2-4 degrees.
  • Lower energy costs by lowering water temperature for heating and raising water temperature for cooling.
  • Use of trash compactors at Carmel High School and Creekside Middle School - resulting in less fuel cost and fewer trips to remove and dispose solid waste.
  • Used and unwanted furniture
    • 2005-2006: All unwanted or used furniture and related equipment was auctioned or given to other public schools and non-profit organizations.
    • 2007: Eight semi trailer loads of furniture was given to Food for the Hungry and sent overseas.
    • 2008: Six semi trailer loads of furniture was given to Food for the Hungry and sent overseas.
  • Weekly cardboard recycling at all CCS buildings since 1995 - Ray's Trash.
  • Clean paper recycling at all CCS buildings - ABITIBI Paper Retriever.
  • District-wide computer and electronics recycling - Cascade Asset Management.
  • Used diesel oil recycling for supplemental heating of bus garage.
  • Construction recycling of all carpet at Woodbrook and Mohawk Trails in 2008.
  • Application for ‘Energy Star' rating for all CCS buildings, 2008.
  • ‘Green' clean custodial chemicals in all CCS buildings since 2003 - Hillyard & EnVirox cleaning chemicals.
  • Implementation of district-wide Integrated Pest Management program resulting in reduction of cost and use of pesticides, etc.
  • Safe use of fertilizers and herbicides through grounds and athletic field management. District wide notification program via web site.
  • All hazardous chemicals are disposed through Heritage Environmental Services.
    • Includes compressor oil, PCB's in transformers, chemicals from chemistry labs, solvents, paint, and other misc. hazardous chemical products.
Based on information provided by Jeff Maidlow, Assistant Director, Facilities & Transportation, and Bob Yull, Energy Manager, Printing Coordinator.
February 2009

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