White Oak ISD exercises its commitment to energy efficiency and the environment through an Earth Day celebration with Schneider Electric
WHO: The White Oak Primary School students of White Oak Independent School District, White Oak, Texas & Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management
WHAT: Earth Day Celebration for District-Wide Energy Efficiency Project
WHERE: White Oak Primary School, 200 S White Oak Road, White Oak, TX 75693
WHEN: Friday, April 21st at 9:00 a.m.
WHY: White Oak Independent School District and Schneider Electric held an Earth Day celebration at White Oak Primary School. As part of the event, students at White Oak Primary School participated in a tree planting ceremony by the pavilion. By planting a tree on the school’s campus, our goal is that students will see the tree as a symbol that inspires and reminds them to protect the Earth and make the most of their energy. The primary school students also participated in a Carbon Footprint activity that will help them learn about 10 ways to reduce their carbon footprint. By tracing their carbon ‘footprint’ with sidewalk chalk, our goal is to inspire our students to learn about the importance of their personal impact on our environment and to protect the Earth.
White Oak Independent School District Superintendent Michael Gilbert provided remarks on how students can participate in the energy efficiency project and learn about how different behaviors can impact the environment.
Attendees included White Oak Primary staff as well as representatives from Schneider Electric.
§ Michael Gilbert, Superintendent, White Oak Independent School District
§ Claire Koonce, Principal, White Oak Primary School
§ Brian Toce, Account Executive, Schneider Electric
§ Lance Wyatt, Account Executive, Schneider Electric
§ Peyton Loposer, Regional Client Coordinator, Schneider Electric
White Oak ISD entered into a phase two partnership with Schneider Electric in August of 2015 to leverage the District’s energy budget to fund much-needed energy and infrastructure upgrades designed to save money and improve the learning environment for its students. Notable improvements include the replacement of 22 HVAC rooftop units and replacing outdoor lighting and controls with long-life, high efficiency lighting solutions. Thanks to the energy savings performance contract (ESPC), all this was accomplished with no new taxes or increased fees to residents.
Installation of the ESPC was completed in Summer 2016, and will generate more than $4,477,795 million in energy savings over the life of the phase two project. Additionally, the project is expected to reduce energy consumption by 45%.
Both the White Oak ISD phase one and phase two projects will have a sizable environmental and economic impact on the local community. Once completed, both projects will provide energy efficiency savings equivalent to removing 325 cars from the road, powering 141 houses or removing 1,549 tons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
“Sustainability is an important lesson for everyone, and thanks to Schneider Electric and this Earth Day Celebration, our students are learning how they can make a difference,” said Gilbert.
About White Oak ISD
Established in 1885, White Oak ISD encompasses 15.7 square miles in the heart of the east Texas oil field. Continued improvements and commitments to the finest educational and physical facilities have been characteristic of the White Oak school system throughout its history. White Oak ISD is fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency and provides a quality education for students in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. White Oak ISD is made up of 1,391 students who attend the four schools located on one campus. The district strives to provide a variety of educational opportunities and involvement for the entire community. To learn more about White Oak ISD, please visit www.woisd.net.
About Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~$30 billion in FY2015, our 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On. To learn more about Schneider Electric, please visit www.enable.schneider-electric.com.