According to Energystar.gov, America's K – 12 schools spend more than $7.5 billion annually on energy, but as much as 30% of that energy ($2.25 billion) is used inefficiently or unnecessarily. The GCC has shown that, through awareness and small behavior changes, those wasteful patterns can be reversed.
The GCC video contest has become a popular showcase for students’ talent and environmental passions. Vote now for your favorite video.
By participating in the Challenge, students and staff learn that simple things like turning off lights, powering down computers, unplugging electronic gadgets and machines when not in use, and setting thermostats to 68 degrees Fahrenheit add up to huge energy and cost-savings for schools.
Meters and Reporting
Reading the meters and reporting is even easier now. You do not need to calculate your electricity usage each week. Just submit the kWh number and the Multiplier that you read from your meter and we'll do the math for you. Here are the details...
Results of the Spring 2012 NYC Challenge
Students, teachers and custodial staff from 103 DOE schools in New York City worked together last spring to collectively conserve 687,110 kWh of electricity and prevented over 1 million pounds of global warming carbon dioxide (CO2) from being released into the atmosphere in just four weeks.
This is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 93 passenger vehicles, or the carbon sequestered by 12,149 tree seedlings grown for 10 years. Great job NYC schools! Here are the Spring 2012 final results...
The Green Cup Challenge raises awareness about energy conservation and provides concrete actions to take. Experts agree that the best way to save energy is to use less. You can’t manage what you don’t measure. The GCC teaches students that they have the power to save energy in their schools and homes, and that their actions can translate into positive change in the world.