Bethel School District is a proud steward of our environment. We actively pursue conservation and recycling efforts across all of our buildings. In 2015, all of our school received EPA EnergyStars. Other recent awards include:
Cenergistic Chairman's Sustainability Award
DA District of Distinction
Energy Pacesetter Award
EPA Leader Award for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
EPA Leader Top Performer Award
Bethel started the Energy/Resource Conservation program in 2005 with the help of EnergyEducation, Inc., a company based in Texas and a newly hired Energy/ResourceConservation manager. At first, this innovative solution was meant capture underutilized resources and drive them back into the classrooms. When the economy faltered, the program became even more valuable. The increased efficiency allowed the district to better streamline its resources. Instead of budgeting for increased utility costs every year, the district was able to redirect program savings.
When it was first launched, the program focused on making sure that equipment, lights and computers were turned off when school buildings were not in use. As a ‘Culture ofConservation’ developed among students and staff, the program expanded and is now embedded in many of the building and operational decisions made by administration. The district is conscientious about how it plans to build, sustain and modernize facilities. Resource conservation is at the core of the design, systems and fixtures that are used.
Nine years into the Energy/Resource Conservation program, the goal remains the same - to conserve resources and reduce greenhouse gases in electricity, natural gas, and water usage. By promoting energy savings, teaching people to make good everyday energy decisions, conducting building audits, improving scheduling of building usage, thoughtful replacement of aging equipment, and implementing green construction strategies, the program has thrived and grown. Recently, recycling and reduction of waste disposal expenses have been targeted by the program. Grant funds are also helping to improve energy efficiency, districtwide.
Additional help and training for the district’s energy program has been obtained through local partnerships, including the Washington State University Extension Energy Program, the state of Washington General Administration office and local utility companies.