Honeywell and Cumberland County Schools Launch Energy Education and Awareness Campaign
Honeywell Act! Earth Program Will Teach Importance of Sustainability Practices and Build a Foundation for Environmental Stewardship
CUMBERLAND, Va., Sept. 20, 2011 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) and Cumberland County Public Schools today announced the launch of an energy education and awareness campaign to teach and promote sustainable practices among students, faculty and the local community. The goal of the Honeywell Act! Earth program is to help the school district cut about $320,000 in energy costs over the next five years and reduce electricity use by an estimated 2.7 million kilowatt-hours — enough energy to power 230 homes for a year.
As part of the Act! Earth program, Honeywell will work with teachers and administrators to identify opportunities to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions, and help educate students about the positive impact of sustainable actions. Honeywell will also provide tools to highlight best practices, and reward students who are demonstrating energy-saving and eco-friendly behaviors. This includes campaign posters, light-switch stickers, regular educational and program update articles and monthly e-mails with “green tips”.
In addition, a Honeywell specialist will regularly visit Cumberland County Public Schools to help identify and implement new sustainability strategies, as well as measure, aggregate and report on the accumulated savings from the program’s seven participating buildings. These facilities include Cumberland Elementary School, Cumberland Middle School and Cumberland High School, as well as the administration, IT and band buildings, and the field house and bus garage.
“Educators in both public and private school systems must find creative means to address budget constraints,” said Dr. Amy Griffin, superintendent of Cumberland County Public Schools. “We believe educating our students and faculty about sustainability and energy efficiency is important for our future outlook. By teaming with an energy-efficiency expert like Honeywell, we are better able to maximize the impact of our education and awareness program, and show tangible results for our efforts. ”
Act! Earth will build on the schools’ current efforts to curb operating costs through a variety of conservation measures, such as smart scheduling for heating and cooling systems, and promoting behavioral changes like turning off lights in empty rooms and closing doors to empty rooms to reduce heating and air-conditioning needs. These are lessons students can take home.
The Honeywell program kicked off at the start of the 2011 school year.
“Our objective is to equip school districts with the resources to excite students and faculty about sustainable practices that will benefit their families, schools and communities,” said Paul Orzeske, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. “And the benefits aren’t just focused on environmental impact — they extend to the bottom line as well. We’ve found that our Act! Earth program alone can cut energy costs for schools by 10 to 15 percent. ”
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