Ortonville High School

200 Trojan Drive , Ortonville, MN 56278
LEFT

LEFT is our Local Environmental Focus Team, which consists of 6 senior high students who are leading our school’s efforts towards becoming more environmentally conscious. LEFT’s initial focus will be on reducing our school’s electricity usage and increase our recycling efforts.

Kristi Moberg, Kristi.moberg@ortonville.k12.mn.us, 320-839-6181

Touch of Gray (reducing our electricity usage)

Energy conservation

LEFT is focusing on reducing the amount of electricity used in our school. Our initial focus is in the classrooms and computer labs. Through education and cooperation of students and staff we are attempting to turn off nonessential lights and shut down all computers when not in use. LEFT is also investigating the feasibility of using motion sensors and timers on lights in some areas of the school.

LEFT’s goal is to see a measurable reduction in our electricity usage.

Recycling

Energy efficiency

LEFT will be heading up our school’s recycling efforts, especially in the classrooms, cafeteria, hallways, and at sporting events. In order to make this possible we need to obtain more recycling containers for these areas and increase the number of days during which recycling is picked up. LEFT plans to educate our faculty and students on the what, why, and hows of recycling through classroom visits, posters and flyers. We will weigh our recycling before our kick-off as well as during our recycling efforts to see if we have increased the amount of material that is recycled. We will also compare the amount of garbage before and during our recycling campaign in hopes that we will see a significant decrease in the amount of material thrown away.

Update: Our recycling project is up and running. We have surpassed our goal by cutting our garbage output almost in half. We are now adding the gym area, especially during sporting events, as our next target area for recycling.

The goal of LEFT is to reduce the amount of garbage our school produces by 1/4 by increasing our recycling efforts.

MnSCC Grant!

Energy efficiency

Objective 1: Refitting of light fixtures in our elementary classrooms from T12 to T8 fixtures and decreasing the wattage of bulbs used from 40W to 28W. Task A: Hiring a professional electrician to refit the light fixtures. Task completed. (IR#1) Sub-task 1: Advertizing for bids Sub-task 2: Hiring for and scheduling the job
Time frame and Schedule: Advertizing, hiring an electrician, and scheduling of a time to refit the light fixtures will occur in the spring of 2010. Advertizing, hiring, and scheduling would take about 4 hours of time. *Advertizing for bids was completed and professional electrician has been contracted with. (IR#1)
Person(s) responsible: Our lead custodian and superintendent will be responsible for advertizing, receiving bids, and hiring the electrician.

Deliverable/Result: See Task B

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: Measures of Success would be completed with Task B

Budget / Estimated cost: Cost of $100 to advertise for a professional electrician.
• Grant funds: $0
• Match: $100
• Total: $100

Task B: Refitting of light fixtures *In progress. (IR#1)

Time Frame and Scheduling: Refitting of light fixtures will take place during the summer of 2010 and will be completed by September 2010. The refitting will take a two week period, with the lead custodian supervising the work.
*Work on the light fixtures has begun and is scheduled to be completed by mid-July. (IR#1)

Person(s) Responsible: Our lead custodian will be responsible for overseeing the refitting of the light fixtures.

Deliverable/Results: Upon completion of the refitting of the fixtures our school will immediately be using less electricity than with the old bulbs and fixtures. The savings of refitting all 182 fixtures will be $1,284.00, 18,345.6 KWh, or 16.8 CO2e and for changing light bulbs will be $2013.00, 40273.93 KWh, or 36.89 CO2e each year.

Measures for Success/Evaluation Plan: Our measurable results would be the decrease in the amount of electricity used versus similar months in past years.
This comparison will be accomplished by comparing 2010 electrical bills with 2009 electrical bills.

Budget / Estimated Cost: The cost to refit our entire elementary will be approximately $56,000. It is our intension to use grant money to refit as many classrooms as possible, with the possibility of completing the other classrooms local funds. When bids are received for this project it is our plan to present a proposal to our local school board for the cost of refitting the additional classrooms.

• Grant funds: $18,475
• Match: None
• Total: $18,475 ($20,000 if additional funds are secured to cover the cost of the other objectives)

Task C: Applying for rebate on refitting of fixtures. *In progress. (IR#1)

Time Frame and Scheduling: Application for rebate will be completed by June 2, 2010. Person(s) Responsible: Our biology teacher, LEFT students, and lead custodian will work together to complete the rebate application. *Our lead custodian is completing the energy rebates. (IR#1)

Measures of Success/Evaluation Plan: Our measurable results will be the
amount of rebate money received from our rebate and the energy saving measures we take with the rebate money.

Budget/Estimated Cost: There is no cost associated with the rebate applications. The total amount available is not yet determined.

Objective 2: The purchase and installation of energy misers for our school’s vending machines.

Task A: Purchase of the energy misers *Completed. (IR#1)

Time frame and Schedule: The energy misers will be purchased in February 2010. The ordering of the misers will take the team approximately one hour. *Purchase of the energy misers was completed at the end of May since we made our purchase through the CERTS energy miser bulk-buy champaign. (IR#1)

Person(s) responsible: Our students will be responsible for purchasing of the energy misers. The biology teacher will supervise the purchasing.

Deliverable/Result: Energy misers claim to reduce the amount of electricity used by vending machines by as much as 46%. By installing these misers on our machines we hope to realize a similar reduction in electricity usage.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: Measures of Success will be completed after installation of the energy misers. See Task B

Budget / Estimated cost: $1500 Grant funds: $1500 Match: None. We are currently applying for an additional grant that would defray the cost of our energy misers if accepted. Total: $1500

Task B: Installation of the energy misers Delayed until September 2010. (IR#1)

Time frame and Schedule: The installation of the energy misers will take place upon arrival. This installation process will require approximately 7 hours
to complete. This objective should be completed by April 2010. *Energy misers will be installed when students return to school in September 2010 due to the delay in purchasing. See task A. (IR#1)

Person(s) responsible: Our students will be responsible and installation of the energy misers. The lead custodian will supervise the installation.

Deliverable/Result: Energy misers claim to reduce the amount of electricity used by vending machines by as much as 46%. By installing these misers on our machines we hope to realize a similar reduction in electricity usage. Savings
from installation of energy misers on our vending machines is calculated as $850.00, 17000 KWh, or 15.572 CO2e each year.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: We will analyze the energy usage of our vending machines using an electricity monitor. This analysis should indicate the exact amount of electricity saved by installing energy misers.

Budget / Estimated Cost: $0 Grant Funds: $0 Match: None. Total: $0

Task C: Applying for rebate on energy misers. *Application for rebates will be completed this summer upon arrival of energy misers. (IR#1)

Time Frame and Scheduling: Application for rebate will be completed by June 2, 2010. *Our biology teacher will complete the rebate applications upon receipt of the energy misers. (IR#1)

Person(s) Responsible: Our biology teacher, LEFT students, and lead custodian will work together to complete the rebate application.

Measures of Success/Evaluation Plan: Our measurable results will be the
amount of rebate money received from our rebate and the energy saving measures we take with the rebate money.

Budget/Estimated Cost: There is no cost associated with the rebate applications. The total amount available is not yet determined.

Objective 3: Reduce phantom wattage. On-going. (IR#1)

Task A: Reminding faculty and staff to reduce phantom electrical usage by shutting down computers and turning off lights when not in use. *On-going. (IR#1)

Time frame and Schedule: Reminders to faculty and staff will begin immediately and will include helpful hints and relevant energy facts. These reminders will begin in January and involve approximately 2 hours for the student team members to compile the information to include. Reminders will be sent to
the faculty and staff via the school email. This will be an ongoing task
throughout the school year, taking small amounts of time each week to total 2 hours. *Periodic reminders have been sent to faculty and staff as well as being posted at strategic locations throughout the school. These efforts will be continued when school resumes. (IR#1)

Person(s) responsible: The students, under the supervision of the biology teacher, will be responsible for composing and sending staff reminders via the school email.

Deliverable/Result: Turning off individual computers and lights will help to reduce our use of electricity and thus improve our carbon footprint.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: We will use our electricity monitor to find the amount of energy saved by turning off individual teacher computers. How many computers are actually turned off nightly will be difficult to
compute.

Budget / Estimated Cost: $0 Grant Funds: $0 Match: None Total: $0

Task B: Programming the computers in our computer labs to be shut down by a central computer. *Delayed unit September 2010. (IR#1)

Time frame and Schedule: Programming the computers will require approximately 20 hours of work, which is approximately 20 minutes per machine. This task will be concluded by May 2010. *Due to licensing limitations and a budget freeze at our school we were unable to add the desired program to the computers in our computer labs. Our group met with our electrical provider and are pursuing the use of a free computer download that automatically shuts off computers after extended periods of being idle. Once this download is approved by our computer techinician we hope to begin putting it onto all of our school computers, not just the computers in the labs. This processe is projected to begin with the start of the 2010 school year. (IR#1)

Person(s) responsible: The students, with the assistance of our computer technician, will be responsible for programming the computers in our computer
labs. The librarian and biology teacher will be responsible for making sure the computers are shut down each night.

Deliverable/Result: Turning off computers will help to reduce our use of
electricity and thus improve our carbon footprint. Calculated savings of shutting the computers down in the labs on a nightly basis is $537.00, 10,719.80 KWh, or 9.82 CO2e annually.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: To measure the success of our computer programming we will use our electricity monitors to calculate the amount of electricity saved by shutting down the computer labs not in use.

Budget / Estimated Cost: $0 Grant Funds: $0 Match: None Total: $0

Task C: Applying for rebate computer shut-down program. We are investigating the possibility of rebates on a computer program for shutting down our computers from one main computer. *Delayed with the possibility of elimination. (IR#1)

Time Frame and Scheduling: Application for rebate will be completed by June 2, 2010. This task will be unnecessary if we are able to use the free computer program to shut down our computers. (IR#1)

Person(s) Responsible: Our biology teacher, LEFT students, and lead custodian will work together to complete the rebate application.

Measures of Success/Evaluation Plan: Our measurable results will be the
amount of rebate money received from our rebate and the energy saving measures we take with the rebate money.

Budget/Estimated Cost: There is no cost associated with the rebate applications. The total amount available is not yet determined.

Objective 4: Increase the awareness of the importance of reducing electricity usage in our school and community. In progress. (IR#1)

Task A: Student presentations to our elementary classes.

Time frame and Schedule: The students will begin developing presentations in February. The student presentations will be completed in conjunction with Earth Day (April 17, 2010). Approximately 15 hours will be spent completing this task. *Completed. Presentations were given to each of our elementary classes. These presentations were well received and we feel they were very successful. Presentations are being planned for Earth Day 2011 as well. In addition our students presented at the Regional Middle School Science and Nature Conference at the University in Marshall, MN. (IR#1)

Person(s) responsible: Our students, under the supervision of the biology teacher, will be responsible for developing and delivery presentations to our
elementary students.

Deliverable/Result: We hope to relay the importance of eliminating unnecessary uses of electricity to our elementary students in the hope that they will develop environmentally responsible behavior.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: We will not be able to directly measure the impact of our presentation on the students and their behaviors, but we will be able to report the dates and give a subjective report of our presentations.

Budget / Estimated Cost: $0 Grant funds: $0 Match: 0 Total: 0

Task B: Be in charge of a booth at the local Sports and Leisure Show Completed. (IR#1)

Time frame and Schedule: The students will begin constructing their booth in February. They will man the booth at the Sports and Leisure Show on
March 20-21, 2010 as well as during Parent-Teacher Conferences. The student will spend approximately 24 hours completing this task. Completed. (IR#1)

Person(s) responsible: Our students, under the supervision of the biology teacher, will be responsible for designing, compiling information for, and manning
a booth at the local Sports and Leisure Show.

Deliverable/Result: We hope to increase the awareness of what our school is doing to decrease our carbon footprint as well as help those in our community
discover ways to decrease their energy usage and thus decrease their carbon footprint.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: Once again we will not be able to directly measure the impact of our booth, but we will be able to report the dates and give a subjective report of our impressions and experiences.

Budget / Estimated Cost: Estimated cost for this task is $25 for display boards to be used in our booth.
• Grant funds: $25
• Match: None. We are currently applying for an additional grant that would cover the cost of our display boards if accepted.
• Total: $25

Task C: Increase public awareness of our project and what people in our community can do to decrease their carbon footprint. On going. (IR#1)

Sub-Task 1: Submit articles to the local newspaper On going. (IR#1) Sub-Task 2: Appear on the local radio talk show On going. (IR#1) Sub-Task 3: Add a link on our school website *Delayed until September due to the fact that our school will be using an entirely new website format and we were advised by our computer technician to wait until the new school year. (IR#1)

Time frame and Schedule: Our students will work to connect with our
community as they compile information for Tasks A and B. The students, along with the biology teacher, will submit articles to the local newspaper, appear on our local radio talk show, and add a link to our website to explain our project and objectives. They will also update the Schools Cutting Carbon website so that others can see what we are doing. These Sub-Tasks will be accomplished in conjunction with each of our previous objectives. Communication will be particularly important to promote our involvement in the Sports and Leisure Show and Earth Day presentations. The students will also use these media outlets explain the refitting of our elementary classrooms at the beginning of the 2010 school year. Completion of this task will require 12 hours to complete.

Person(s) responsible: Our student team members, with assistance from the biology teacher and the computer technician, will be responsible for completion of this task.

Deliverable/Result: It is our goal to educate our community in ways of
reducing our carbon footprint and to promote environmentally sound behavior.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: There is no direct measure of success with this task, but we will be able to report dates of completion, subjective accounts of our actions, and response to our articles, radio discussions, and website link.

Budget / Estimated Cost: $0 Grant funds: $0 Match: $0 Total: $0

Objective 5: Complete a final energy analysis. To be completed. (IR#1)

Task A: Compare electric bills

Time frame and Schedule: Electricity bills from the fall of 2009 and fall of 2010 will be obtained and compared. This task will be completed in December of 2010 and will require approximately 2 hours to complete.

Person(s) responsible: The comparison of electrical bills will be completed by the student team members, biology teacher, and lead custodian.

Deliverable/Result: We hope that by comparing the electricity bills we will see a reduction in our energy usage.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: A measure of success will be a decrease in the amount of electricity used from 2009 to 2010.

Budget / Estimated cost: $0 Grant funds: $0 Match: None Total: $0

Task B: Estimate savings from refitting of light bulbs, energy misers, and shutting down of computers. To be completed (IR#1)

Time frame and Schedule: Students will compute the number of refitted light fixtures and estimate our total energy savings. They will record savings found from the energy misers and shutting down the computer that they
obtained through the use of an electricity monitor. The task will be completed in the fall of 2010 and will require approximately 5 hours to complete.

Person(s) responsible: Our student team members, biology teacher, and lead custodian will be responsible for the completion of this task.

Deliverable/Result: We plan to compute the amount of savings from the new light fixtures and light bulbs, the energy misers, and the computer programming.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: An itemized report of our findings will be created.

Budget / Estimated Cost: $0 Grant funds: $0 Match: None Total: $0

Task C: Publicize results. *To be completed. (IR#1)

Time frame and Schedule: Our energy analysis will be completed and publicized by January 2011. The compiling of our data into report form will take 2 hours to complete.

Person(s) responsible: The biology teacher with assistance from our student team members and lead custodian will be responsible for completing the final report.

Deliverable/Result: The result of this task will be a comprehendible report of our project. This report will be submitted to our school board, local paper, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: The final report will summarize the results of our project and will be submitted upon completion.

Budget / Estimated Cost: $0 Grant funds: $0 Match: None Total: $0

Task D: Presenting Results To be completed. (IR#1)

Time frame and Schedule: The students will present the results of our project to the local school board and on our local radio. This will be done in January 2011. Presenting our results to the school board and on the radio will require approximately 1 hour to complete.

Person(s) responsible: Our student team members, with the assistance of the biology teacher, will be responsible for presenting our results to our local
school board and on the local radio.

Deliverable/Result: Upon presenting the results of our project we are hoping for further support of our board and community.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: A measure of the success of our project, besides the measurable decrease in energy use, will be our school board’s
support of similar projects in the future.

Budget / Estimated Cost: $0 Grant funds: $0 Match: None Total: $0

Ortonville conserving from elementary to high school

Community engagement

Ortonville High School’s Local Environmental Focus Team (LEFT) The following is our original work plan with our progress as of our Interim Report #1 is in red, and progress since the first report is noted in blue. We feel that we have made significant progress towards the completion of our project. There have been some delays in parts of our project, resulting in later target completion dates. Any deviations from the original plan have been noted in red and blue. Also note that some of the tasks will be on-going long after the duration of this grant.
Please contact Kristi Moberg at 320-325-5222 or Kristi.moberg@ortonville.k12.mn, if you have any questions or need additional information.

Objective 1: Refitting of light fixtures in our elementary classrooms from T12 to T8 fixtures and decreasing the wattage of bulbs used from 40W to 28W. Task A: Hiring a professional electrician to refit the light fixtures. Task completed. (IR#1) Sub-task 1: Advertizing for bids Sub-task 2: Hiring for and scheduling the job
Time frame and Schedule: Advertizing, hiring an electrician, and scheduling of a time to refit the light fixtures will occur in the spring of 2010. Advertizing, hiring, and scheduling would take about 4 hours of time. *Advertizing for bids was completed and professional electrician has been contracted with. (IR#1)
Person(s) responsible: Our lead custodian and superintendent will be responsible for advertizing, receiving bids, and hiring the electrician.

Deliverable/Result: See Task B

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: Measures of Success would be completed with Task B

Budget / Estimated cost: Cost of $100 to advertise for a professional electrician.
• Grant funds: $0
• Match: $100
• Total: $100

Task B: Refitting of light fixtures *In progress. (IR#1) In progress. Majority completed. (IR#2)
Time Frame and Scheduling: Refitting of light fixtures will take place during the summer of 2010 and will be completed by September 2010. The refitting will take a two week period, with the lead custodian supervising the work.
*Work on the light fixtures has begun and is scheduled to be completed by mid-July. (IR#1)
*Light fixtures in all elementary classrooms, the elementary gym, and the music areas were refitted during the summer. Completion was in time for the current school year. Light fixtures were refitted in the elementary offices this fall. Additional refitting in the shop area will take place this coming summer. (IR#2) Person(s) Responsible: Our lead custodian will be responsible for overseeing the refitting of the light fixtures.

Deliverable/Results: Upon completion of the refitting of the fixtures our school will immediately be using less electricity than with the old bulbs and fixtures. The savings of refitting all 182 fixtures will be $1,284.00, 18,345.6 KWh, or 16.8 CO2e and for changing light bulbs will be $2013.00, 40273.93 KWh, or 36.89 CO2e each year.

Measures for Success/Evaluation Plan: Our measurable results would be the decrease in the amount of electricity used versus similar months in past years.
This comparison will be accomplished by comparing 2010 electrical bills with 2009 electrical bills.

Budget / Estimated Cost: The cost to refit our entire elementary will be approximately $56,000. It is our intension to use grant money to refit as many classrooms as possible, with the possibility of completing the other classrooms local funds. When bids are received for this project it is our plan to present a proposal to our local school board for the cost of refitting the additional classrooms.

• Grant funds: $18,475
• Match: None
• Total: $18,475 ($20,000 if additional funds are secured to cover the cost of the other objectives)

Task C: Applying for rebate on refitting of fixtures. *In progress. (IR#1) *Completed (IR#2) Time Frame and Scheduling: Application for rebate will be completed by June 2, 2010. Person(s) Responsible: Our biology teacher, LEFT students, and lead custodian will work together to complete the rebate application. *Our lead custodian is completing the energy rebates. (IR#1)

Measures of Success/Evaluation Plan: Our measurable results will be the
amount of rebate money received from our rebate and the energy saving measures we take with the rebate money.

Budget/Estimated Cost: There is no cost associated with the rebate applications. The total amount available is not yet determined.

Objective 2: The purchase and installation of energy misers for our school’s vending machines.

Task A: Purchase of the energy misers *Completed. (IR#1)

Time frame and Schedule: The energy misers will be purchased in February 2010. The ordering of the misers will take the team approximately one hour. *Purchase of the energy misers was completed at the end of May since we made our purchase through the CERTS energy miser bulk-buy champaign. (IR#1)

Person(s) responsible: Our students will be responsible for purchasing of the energy misers. The biology teacher will supervise the purchasing.

Deliverable/Result: Energy misers claim to reduce the amount of electricity used by vending machines by as much as 46%. By installing these misers on our machines we hope to realize a similar reduction in electricity usage.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: Measures of Success will be completed after installation of the energy misers. See Task B

Budget / Estimated cost: $1500 Grant funds: $1500 Match: None. We are currently applying for an additional grant that would defray the cost of our energy misers if accepted. Total: $1500

Task B: Installation of the energy misers Delayed until September 2010. (IR#1)
*Completed in September (IR#2) Time frame and Schedule: The installation of the energy misers will take place upon arrival. This installation process will require approximately 7 hours
to complete. This objective should be completed by April 2010. *Energy misers will be installed when students return to school in September 2010 due to the delay in purchasing. See task A. (IR#1)

Person(s) responsible: Our students will be responsible and installation of the energy misers. The lead custodian will supervise the installation.

Deliverable/Result: Energy misers claim to reduce the amount of electricity used by vending machines by as much as 46%. By installing these misers on our machines we hope to realize a similar reduction in electricity usage. Savings
from installation of energy misers on our vending machines is calculated as $850.00, 17000 KWh, or 15.572 CO2e each year.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: We will analyze the energy usage of our vending machines using an electricity monitor. This analysis should indicate the exact amount of electricity saved by installing energy misers.

Budget / Estimated Cost: $0 Grant Funds: $0 Match: None. Total: $0

Task C: Applying for rebate on energy misers. *Application for rebates will be completed this summer upon arrival of energy misers. (IR#1)
*Completed fall of 2010. (IR#2) Time Frame and Scheduling: Application for rebate will be completed by June 2, 2010. *Our biology teacher will complete the rebate applications upon receipt of the energy misers. (IR#1)

Person(s) Responsible: Our biology teacher, LEFT students, and lead custodian will work together to complete the rebate application.

Measures of Success/Evaluation Plan: Our measurable results will be the
amount of rebate money received from our rebate and the energy saving measures we take with the rebate money.

Budget/Estimated Cost: There is no cost associated with the rebate applications. The total amount available is not yet determined.

Objective 3: Reduce phantom wattage. On-going. (IR#1) *On-going (IR#2) Task A: Reminding faculty and staff to reduce phantom electrical usage by shutting down computers and turning off lights when not in use. *On-going. (IR#1) *On-going (IR#2) Time frame and Schedule: Reminders to faculty and staff will begin immediately and will include helpful hints and relevant energy facts. These reminders will begin in January and involve approximately 2 hours for the student team members to compile the information to include. Reminders will be sent to
the faculty and staff via the school email. This will be an ongoing task
throughout the school year, taking small amounts of time each week to total 2 hours. *Periodic reminders have been sent to faculty and staff as well as being posted at strategic locations throughout the school. These efforts will be continued when school resumes. (IR#1)
*Efforts resumed with the start of the new school year. Additional reminders given. LEFT presented at faculty meetings in both the high school and the elementary schools. (IR#2) Person(s) responsible: The students, under the supervision of the biology teacher, will be responsible for composing and sending staff reminders via the school email.

Deliverable/Result: Turning off individual computers and lights will help to reduce our use of electricity and thus improve our carbon footprint.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: We will use our electricity monitor to find the amount of energy saved by turning off individual teacher computers. How many computers are actually turned off nightly will be difficult to
compute.

Budget / Estimated Cost: $0 Grant Funds: $0 Match: None Total: $0

Task B: Programming the computers in our computer labs to be shut down by a central computer. *Delayed unit September 2010. (IR#1) *About half the targeted computers are programmed. (IR#2) Time frame and Schedule: Programming the computers will require approximately 20 hours of work, which is approximately 20 minutes per machine. This task will be concluded by May 2010. *Due to licensing limitations and a budget freeze at our school we were unable to add the desired program to the computers in our computer labs. Our group met with our electrical provider and are pursuing the use of a free computer download that automatically shuts off computers after extended periods of being idle. Once this download is approved by our computer techinician we hope to begin putting it onto all of our school computers, not just the computers in the labs. This processe is projected to begin with the start of the 2010 school year. (IR#1)
*Still working on this task. Biggest obstacle is finding time for tech personal to assist students. Target completion date is end of school year. (IR#2) Person(s) responsible: The students, with the assistance of our computer technician, will be responsible for programming the computers in our computer
labs. The librarian and biology teacher will be responsible for making sure the computers are shut down each night.

Deliverable/Result: Turning off computers will help to reduce our use of
electricity and thus improve our carbon footprint. Calculated savings of shutting the computers down in the labs on a nightly basis is $537.00, 10,719.80 KWh, or 9.82 CO2e annually.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: To measure the success of our computer programming we will use our electricity monitors to calculate the amount of electricity saved by shutting down the computer labs not in use.

Budget / Estimated Cost: $0 Grant Funds: $0 Match: None Total: $0

Task C: Applying for rebate computer shut-down program. We are investigating the possibility of rebates on a computer program for shutting down our computers from one main computer. *Delayed with the possibility of elimination. (IR#1)
*working on using free download software so this task would be eliminated. (IR#2) Time Frame and Scheduling: Application for rebate will be completed by June 2, 2010. This task will be unnecessary if we are able to use the free computer program to shut down our computers. (IR#1)

Person(s) Responsible: Our biology teacher, LEFT students, and lead custodian will work together to complete the rebate application.

Measures of Success/Evaluation Plan: Our measurable results will be the
amount of rebate money received from our rebate and the energy saving measures we take with the rebate money.

Budget/Estimated Cost: There is no cost associated with the rebate applications. The total amount available is not yet determined.

Objective 4: Increase the awareness of the importance of reducing electricity usage in our school and community. In progress. (IR#1) *In progress (IR#2)

Task A: Student presentations to our elementary classes.

Time frame and Schedule: The students will begin developing presentations in February. The student presentations will be completed in conjunction with Earth Day (April 17, 2010). Approximately 15 hours will be spent completing this task. *Completed. Presentations were given to each of our elementary classes. These presentations were well received and we feel they were very successful. Presentations are being planned for Earth Day 2011 as well. In addition our students presented at the Regional Middle School Science and Nature Conference at the University in Marshall, MN. (IR#1)
*Completed additional presentations to high school and elementary faculties. Also presented again to elementary classrooms with two more presentations planned for this year. (IR#2) Person(s) responsible: Our students, under the supervision of the biology teacher, will be responsible for developing and delivery presentations to our
elementary students.

Deliverable/Result: We hope to relay the importance of eliminating unnecessary uses of electricity to our elementary students in the hope that they will develop environmentally responsible behavior.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: We will not be able to directly measure the impact of our presentation on the students and their behaviors, but we will be able to report the dates and give a subjective report of our presentations.

Budget / Estimated Cost: $0 Grant funds: $0 Match: 0 Total: 0

Task B: Be in charge of a booth at the local Sports and Leisure Show Completed. (IR#1)

Time frame and Schedule: The students will begin constructing their booth in February. They will man the booth at the Sports and Leisure Show on
March 20-21, 2010 as well as during Parent-Teacher Conferences. The student will spend approximately 24 hours completing this task. Completed. (IR#1)

Person(s) responsible: Our students, under the supervision of the biology teacher, will be responsible for designing, compiling information for, and manning
a booth at the local Sports and Leisure Show.

Deliverable/Result: We hope to increase the awareness of what our school is doing to decrease our carbon footprint as well as help those in our community
discover ways to decrease their energy usage and thus decrease their carbon footprint.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: Once again we will not be able to directly measure the impact of our booth, but we will be able to report the dates and give a subjective report of our impressions and experiences.

Budget / Estimated Cost: Estimated cost for this task is $25 for display boards to be used in our booth.
• Grant funds: $25
• Match: None. We are currently applying for an additional grant that would cover the cost of our display boards if accepted.
• Total: $25

Task C: Increase public awareness of our project and what people in our community can do to decrease their carbon footprint. On going. (IR#1) *Planning to target presenters at the Sports and Leisure Show this year in an attempt to reduce garbage through increased recycling. (IR#2) Sub-Task 1: Submit articles to the local newspaper On going. (IR#1) *On-going (IR#2)

Sub-Task 2: Appear on the local radio talk show On going. (IR#1) *On-going (IR#2) Sub-Task 3: Add a link on our school website *Delayed until September due to the fact that our school will be using an entirely new website format and we were advised by our computer technician to wait until the new school year. (IR#1)
*Complete fall of 2010 Time frame and Schedule: Our students will work to connect with our
community as they compile information for Tasks A and B. The students, along with the biology teacher, will submit articles to the local newspaper, appear on our local radio talk show, and add a link to our website to explain our project and objectives. They will also update the Schools Cutting Carbon website so that others can see what we are doing. These Sub-Tasks will be accomplished in conjunction with each of our previous objectives. Communication will be particularly important to promote our involvement in the Sports and Leisure Show and Earth Day presentations. The students will also use these media outlets explain the refitting of our elementary classrooms at the beginning of the 2010 school year. Completion of this task will require 12 hours to complete.

Person(s) responsible: Our student team members, with assistance from the biology teacher and the computer technician, will be responsible for completion of this task.

Deliverable/Result: It is our goal to educate our community in ways of
reducing our carbon footprint and to promote environmentally sound behavior.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: There is no direct measure of success with this task, but we will be able to report dates of completion, subjective accounts of our actions, and response to our articles, radio discussions, and website link.

Budget / Estimated Cost: $0 Grant funds: $0 Match: $0 Total: $0

Objective 5: Complete a final energy analysis. To be completed. (IR#1) *To be completed (IR#2) Task A: Compare electric bills

Time frame and Schedule: Electricity bills from the fall of 2009 and fall of 2010 will be obtained and compared. This task will be completed in December of 2010 and will require approximately 2 hours to complete.

Person(s) responsible: The comparison of electrical bills will be completed by the student team members, biology teacher, and lead custodian.

Deliverable/Result: We hope that by comparing the electricity bills we will see a reduction in our energy usage.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: A measure of success will be a decrease in the amount of electricity used from 2009 to 2010.

Budget / Estimated cost: $0 Grant funds: $0 Match: None Total: $0

Task B: Estimate savings from refitting of light bulbs, energy misers, and shutting down of computers. To be completed (IR#1) *To be completed (IR#2) Time frame and Schedule: Students will compute the number of refitted light fixtures and estimate our total energy savings. They will record savings found from the energy misers and shutting down the computer that they
obtained through the use of an electricity monitor. The task will be completed in the fall of 2010 and will require approximately 5 hours to complete.

Person(s) responsible: Our student team members, biology teacher, and lead custodian will be responsible for the completion of this task.

Deliverable/Result: We plan to compute the amount of savings from the new light fixtures and light bulbs, the energy misers, and the computer programming.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: An itemized report of our findings will be created.

Budget / Estimated Cost: $0 Grant funds: $0 Match: None Total: $0

Task C: Publicize results. *To be completed. (IR#1) *To be completed (IR#2) Time frame and Schedule: Our energy analysis will be completed and publicized by January 2011. The compiling of our data into report form will take 2 hours to complete.

Person(s) responsible: The biology teacher with assistance from our student team members and lead custodian will be responsible for completing the final report.

Deliverable/Result: The result of this task will be a comprehendible report of our project. This report will be submitted to our school board, local paper, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: The final report will summarize the results of our project and will be submitted upon completion.

Budget / Estimated Cost: $0 Grant funds: $0 Match: None Total: $0

Task D: Presenting Results To be completed. (IR#1) *To be completed (IR#2) Time frame and Schedule: The students will present the results of our project to the local school board and on our local radio. This will be done in January 2011. Presenting our results to the school board and on the radio will require approximately 1 hour to complete.

Person(s) responsible: Our student team members, with the assistance of the biology teacher, will be responsible for presenting our results to our local
school board and on the local radio.

Deliverable/Result: Upon presenting the results of our project we are hoping for further support of our board and community.

Measures for Success/ Evaluation Plan: A measure of the success of our project, besides the measurable decrease in energy use, will be our school board’s
support of similar projects in the future.

Budget / Estimated Cost: $0 Grant funds: $0 Match: None Total: $0