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Patterson International Wins October Conservation Cup!

posted Nov 9, 2017, 2:47 PM by Justin Zakoren


Patterson's EnvironMENTAL Club is crazy about conservation! Patterson managed to save 1,500 kWh of electricity during the month of October, a savings of 8.1%!

West Jefferson Elementary "Light Busters" Energy Club

posted Oct 9, 2017, 10:56 AM by Justin Zakoren

The WJES Light Busters show off their "In-school" energy competition idea which they hope will promote energy conservation at their school. Photo Courtesy: Ann Hoy

Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education Recognizes District ReNew Our Schools Fall 2016 Energy Competition Winners

posted May 12, 2017, 10:27 AM by Justin Zakoren

(From left to right: Ali Lasell, JPS BoE; Amanda Stevens, JPS BoE; Brad Rupert JPS BoE; Robert Lopez, Principal, Little ES; Gavan Goodrich, Principal, Ralston Valley HS; Jeff Hauser, Assistant Principal, Creighton MS; Ron Mitchell, President, JPS BoE; Patti Katsampes, Principal, West Woods ES; Amy Baker, DTL, West Jefferson MS; Janice Jones, Paraprofessional, West Jefferson MS; Hal Corin, Energy Manager, JPS Department of Energy Management; Tim Reed, Executive Director, JPS Department of Facilities; & Susan Harmon, JPS BoE)

JPS-TV Covers Jeffco Energy Competitions!

posted Apr 24, 2017, 12:24 PM by Justin Zakoren   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 10:41 AM ]


Patterson International's "EnvironMENTAL" Club Plans Their Next Energy Conservation Actions For The Reunion Energy Competition

posted Mar 22, 2017, 9:41 AM by Justin Zakoren   [ updated Jun 16, 2017, 8:28 AM ]


Read the Jeffco Schools' The Messenger write up of Patterson's "EnvironMental" Club, here!

Jefferson County Schools See Super Energy Savings

posted Dec 6, 2016, 1:51 PM by Justin Zakoren   [ updated Dec 7, 2016, 11:26 AM ]

Over the month of October, twelve Jefferson County schools competed in the ReNew Our Schools (RNOS) energy saving competition to see who could save the most electricity. The results have been incredible. Collectively, the competing schools managed to save approximately 112,000 kWh of electricity or 16% of their typical consumption. That is a savings of roughly $13,000 in energy costs, achieved in just nineteen school days! In addition to these fantastic savings, top performing schools earned prize money, totaling $72,000. This prize money will fund energy efficiency improvement projects to be completed over the summer at the winning schools. Energy Management will run similar energy saving competitions, starting this spring.

The RNOS competition is a program designed by the nonprofit, the Center for ReSource Conservation, based in Boulder. The competition empowers students to save energy in their schools and homes, by teaching them to identify how much energy they consume and challenging them to find creative ways to conserve. The funding for this round of RNOS is generously donated by the Innovo Foundation, also based in Boulder.  

The twelve participating schools competed in three categories of conservation action. The first, School Measured Savings, reflects real energy savings at each school, as compared to that school’s historic and weather normalized baseline use. Students and staff achieve these savings by looking for different ways to reduce school energy use. Common tactics include utilizing natural lighting whenever possible by turning off some or all lights in rooms, de-lamping (removing lamps from) fluorescent fixtures in over-lit spaces, turning off computers and appliances when not in use, reducing the use of HVAC systems when areas of the building are unoccupied, and reducing the use of HVAC overrides during after-school hours.


Little Elementary’ s Environmental Club, the Energy Fighters. Image Courtesy of Little Elementary.

The second competition category is School Energy Action. Each school could earn up to 100 points for completing specific actions during the competition. To earn points in this area, each school established an environmental club, held an energy-themed poster contest, made videos promoting energy conservation, conducted school-wide energy audits, and taught lessons about energy and energy conservation. Combined, these actions help raise awareness of energy conservation, better inform students to make efficient choices, and drive school-wide engagement around energy savings. For many of the schools, their energy saving efforts and accomplishments have become a source of unity and school pride.

The final competition category is the Home Energy Action. Here, students took what they have learned about energy conservation and applied it at home. First, students learned how much energy their family uses by looking at their household electric bills. Next, students conducted a survey of their home and identified ways they can reduce their energy use. Students then discussed what they have learned with the person who pays the utility bills at home, and had them sign a pledge to take specific conservation actions at home. Possible home energy saving actions include installing LED light bulbs, turning off lights when not in use, shutting down computers when not in use, using a programmable thermostat, keeping the thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, installing a high-efficiency shower head, washing clothes in cold water, or reducing the temperature on the hot water heater. Completed home energy surveys earned points for respective competing schools, with a 100 points possible based off of the total student population. 


Energy Conservation Poster. Image Courtesy of Creighton Middle School.

Congratulations to all twelve schools (listed above) for making this competition our most successful yet! This year’s top competitors were Little Elementary and West Jefferson Middle School, who took first place in their respective cohorts. Incredibly, this RNOS competition saw not two, but three second place finishers! In the first cohort, West Woods Elementary came in second place. Meanwhile, the second cohort saw a tie between Creighton Middle School and Ralston Valley High School! All winning schools have earned energy efficiency improvement projects for their buildings. 

Cohort 1

Cohort 2

Blue Heron Elementary

Carmody Middle School

Bradford Intermediate

Creighton Middle School

Little Elementary

West Jefferson Middle School

West Jefferson Elementary

Chatfield High School

West Woods Elementary

Ralston Valley High School

Westridge Elementary

Wheat Ridge High School


Moving forward, Energy Management will meet with representatives from each winning school to discuss and decide on energy efficiency improvement projects to be installed in their schools over the summer. Examples of projects funded with RNOS prize money in the past include the installation of occupancy sensors, LED lighting retrofits, and Solatubes. To learn more about the recent Solatube installation at Pomona High School, click here (Messenger article about Pomona High project). 

During the competition, each school was aided by a local volunteer mentor who works in an energy or building related field. These mentors represent a variety of organizations and consultancies, including Brendle Group, Boulder EE, Bureau of Land Management, Engineering Economics Inc., Group14 Engineering, Hord Coplan Macht, McKinstry LLC, NREL, and Vail Resorts. Thanks to all the mentors who advised and helped support the participating schools during the competition!


West Jefferson Middle School Green Team Representatives Meet with Mentor, Jarrell Wenger of Energy Economics Inc. Image Courtesy Amy Baker, WJMS.

Over the course of this competition, the efforts of the twelve competing schools produced phenomenal savings! However, the energy savings will not end with the competition, and Energy Management expects to see continued savings at every school that participated. The real value of these competitions lies in the long-term impacts of the energy conservation lessons that students learn. When students learn about energy conservation practices, they are more likely to apply these lessons to their own activities in and out of school. At the same time, every dollar saved through energy conservation efforts by students and schools translates into more money that is made available for furthering Jeffco’s educational mission. Next spring will see the start of a new series of similar energy saving competitions. More details about next spring’s competitions will be announced in December. If you are interested in learning more about our energy saving competitions, or how to sign your school up for the next one, please contact our Resource Conservation Advocate, Justin Zakoren or by calling 2-2581.


Poster Contest 1st Place Winner. Image Courtesy of Chatfield High School.

Schools with solar photovoltaic systems

posted Feb 11, 2015, 11:22 AM by Ian Clampert


Parking Lot LED Lighting

posted Feb 6, 2015, 10:46 AM by Ian Clampert

Bell Middle School is one of several schools to have recently installed LED parking lot lights. Not only do these use less energy, but they last considerably longer, and require less maintenance than the old high intensity discharge lighting.

Xcel Energy School Education

posted Dec 9, 2014, 7:03 AM by Ian Clampert   [ updated Dec 17, 2014, 9:35 AM ]

Spring 2015 enrollment is open for 6th grade classes. This is an excellent opportunity to incorporate energy curriculum into your class by using these interactive kits with your students. Each student is given a kit which includes a lot of cool freebies.


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