DPSCD Go Green Challenge Weekly Digest 12/5/16

DPSCD Go Green Challenge Leaderboard!


Here are the preliminary number of badges each school has for the DPSCD Go Green Challenge:
Sampson-Webber Academy: 13 badges
Academy of the Americas, DIA: 11 badges
Dixon: 9 badges
Bennett Elementary, Neinas: 7 badges
John R. King: 6 badges
Priest: 5 badges
Munger, Carver, Roberto Clemente, West Side Academy: 4 badges
 Mann, DREW, Cooke, Emerson, Gompers, Detroit Lions Elementary/Middle, Clippert, Davison, Ann Arbor Trail,  Burton, Harms, Mark Twain, Bunche : 3 badges
Mason, Henderson, Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy, Carstens, Vernor, Ronald Brown, East English Village Prepatory: 2 badges
Bates, FLICS, Coleman A. Young, Fisher Magnet Upper: 1 badge
Keep up the great work!

The Energy Challenge Has Begun!


The Energy Challenge aims to engage Green Teams in reducing their school’s energy consumption, and to promote a culture of conservation within the school and community!
The DPSCD Go Green Challenge Energy Phase includes the following activities for the Green Teams:
  • Reduce the Juice Challenge – 4 points
  • Power Down for the Holidays – 3 points max on 12/23, 1/13, and 2/17
  • Community Engagement: Energy – 1 point
  • Sustainability Patrols – 3 points max

Energy Innovation Opportunities:

  • My Green School Art Contest – 1 point
  • Hallway Light Metering – 1 point
All projects are due by 5pm Friday, March 17th 2017.
Click on the link below to download the DPSCD Go Green Challenge Energy Toolkit:

New This Year: Reduce the Juice Challenge!


New for 2016-2017 in the DPSCD Go Green challenge, students and teachers at your school will “Reduce the Juice”  over the course of 24 hours by powering down electricity-using devices such as projectors, lights, computers, and fans, among others.
Think of this challenge as a one-day “Recycle Bowl” for energy. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of why energy is important and how best to save it – all while making their school more energy-friendly!
How to Reduce the Juice:

  • Talk to the facility manager and check how many meters your school has.
  • Talk to students about the importance of saving energy- your Green School Coordinator can help with this!
  • Encourage students to create a school-wide campaign to promote the Reduce the Juice Challenge.
  • Use sustainability patrols to take meter readings to calculate baseline daily use.
  • Reduce the Juice- this should take place 24 hours after first meter reading.
  • Take the third and final meter reading 24 hours after the second meter reading.
  • Complete the Reduce the Juice Calculation and Discussion Questions Worksheets with your students!

 DPSCD Go Green Challenge Green Teams Making a Difference!

  • From 2012-2016, participating Go Green schools helped to save $1,900,000.
  • The average savings per school was about $9,000 per school per year.
  • Electricity savings averaged about 5% with a high of 26%.
  • DPS Go Green schools received $75,000 in awards to support future projects.
Here are some ways to help promote energy conservation:
  • Conducting regular sustainability patrols and leaving positive and constructive feedback for classrooms and offices.
  • Meeting with the facility manager, custodians, and other staff to see how your green team can help and how to report opportunities to save.
  • Powering down lights in hallways, atriums, and cafeterias when not in use or sufficiently bright from daylight. Some green teams receive light keys from their facility managers to help out.
  • Promoting energy conservation through posters, morning announcements, flyers, and even conservation mascots.


Thank you for all that you do!

DPSCD Go Green

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