Graham Local Schools nationally recognized for energy conservation efforts
The U.S. Department of Education this week announced that Graham Local Schools in Saint Paris, Ohio, is a 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee.
The district has demonstrated a commitment to conservation for the past 15 years through various innovative projects and partnerships. As one of the first districts in the region to install light sensors in restrooms, Graham also was on the forefront of implementing districtwide HVAC policies. Graham partnered with Energy Optimizers USA and Waibel Energy Systems to replace lamps, ensure standardized HVAC controls and install skylights, leading to savings of more than $550,000 in energy costs.
The U.S. Department of Education also highlighted Graham’s groundbreaking development of solar array power, which will meet 75 percent of all electrical needs at the middle and elementary schools. Other achievements by the district include improving water quality and conservation through low-flow restroom equipment, transitioning to all green-certified cleaning products, expanding recycling efforts, implementing a staff wellness event, growing produce and forming the Graham Middle School Energy Team, which addresses the need for more women in STEM careers.
Graham Local Schools is among 25 schools, 14 districts and four postsecondary institutions nationally honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.
More information on the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program can be found here.