Saint Andrew's Green Cup Challenge Faculty and Student Leadership
Saint Andrew's School was proud to host the inaugural Florida Green Cup Challenge meeting on November 14, 2009. (View a copy of the meeting agenda)
What is The Green Cup Challenge™ ?
During the fall of 2009, the Saint Andrew's School Environmental Club made a commitment to raise awareness of energy usage on campus by participating in the Green Cup Challenge (GCC), an international competition in which schools attempt to reduce their energy use. The goal of the GCC was to measure and reduce the amount of energy used on campus during a one month period. The hope was that reductions could happen, not through expensive technology investments, but through simple education and behavior modifications.
In preparations for the GCC, Saint Andrew's School took the lead and held a state-wide forum this past fall to educate schools about what the GCC was, and how schools could benefit by participating. After completing a detailed introduction to the GCC, Saint Andrew’s students took the visiting school members for a tour of the Moabery Early Years Learning Center, which was designated as a Leed for School's Certified building at the Gold Level in 2009. This tour was instrumental in demonstrating waste, energy, and water saving techniques and best practices.
For Saint Andrew's GCC project, a school assembly was held in which Mr. Gaffey, an Upper School Science Teacher and GCC advisor, addressed the audience on the importance of energy conservation. He presented on an array of topics including global warming and environmental conservation, and the cost savings associated with both.
After listening to Mr. Gaffey's presentations, students immediately responded back with a challenge to the school: “Reduce our energy usage during the month of February!" Subsequently, a group of students took charge and delineated what was needed to help move things forward. This included analyzing power bills for February for the past 3 years and messaging to students and teachers to be on the lookout for energy saving opportunities, like turning off lights, reducing AC usage, and unplugging appliances.
"In the beginning we were focused on familiarizing ourselves with the project," stated Kelly Connelly, GCC Student Team Captain, "We knew as a group that it was important to lay a proper foundation."
Each week the students read the school’s meters. They had to call the power company to learn what the multiplier was when the numbers they were getting were not matching the power bill’s numbers. It turned out to be a good learning experience with how the power company actually calculates your energy usage. Over the course of the month, by just doing simple things like unplugging electronics and turning off lights, the school reduced their power usage by 11%.
"The result was better than we expected," stated Megan Brolley, GCC Team Member. "On one hand we were happy but we also recognized that there were things to improve in the future."
School electrical meter
All in all, the GCC challenge turned out to be a great community experience and showed that a significant improvement can result from simple behavior modifications when it comes to electricity usage.
"It was so exciting to see our students working towards reducing the energy consumed at our school," stated Gaffey. "The value of a hands on - student driven activity like the Green Cup Challenge is so much more than just the energy saved. Our students learned how their small actions can make a big difference. The student team even plans on running the challenge again next year, with the hopes of seeing an even greater reduction."
Participation Recognition for 2010:
As stated on the plaque above, "1,630 native Pine, Fir, and Cedar Trees will be planeted by the Arbor Day Foundation in the Plumas National Forest in celebration of Saint Andrew's School participation in the 2010 Green Cup Challenge, and our role in this collective effort to raise awareness about energy efficiency and climate change."
Saint Andrew's School Green Cup Challenge Leadership:
|Philip Cork ||Associate Headmaster for Finance and Administration|
|Elias Bassil||Chief Technology Officer|
|Adam Gaffey||Upper School Science Faculty|
|Franc Clapp||Upper School Science Faculty|
|Kelly Connelly||Upper School|
|Sydney Griffith||Upper School|
|Lauren Kane||Upper School|
|Billie Kirby||Upper School|
|Hannah Metzger||Upper School|
|Elle Pechiney||Upper School|
|Jodie Sneider||Upper School|
|Brooke Stegeman||Upper School|
|Veronique Adam||Upper School|
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