Manor ISD takes pride in innovation not only in schools, but also in energy efficiency and saving money.
The district recently partnered with E3 Entegral Solutions and the Texas Association of School Boards to launch a new initiative called the MISD Energy Efficiency and Conservations Project. The effort is part of the 2016 bond; and the district allocated bond money to implement district-wide energy conservation and deferred maintenance upgrades. Through this program, Manor ISD collaborated to:
- Provide a stable and comfortable learning environment in MISD
- Make needed life-cycle upgrades to existing MISD facilities
- Implement new technologies that will benefit instruction
- Maximize energy savings
- Implement a long-term plan to promote efficient buildings at MISD
The project is designed to reduce energy consumption and decrease utility costs. It will reduce operating costs by approximately $293,000, or 17% annually for MISD. Annual carbon dioxide emission reductions are projected to be equivalent to:
- 6,001,751 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle
- 853 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled
- 81,952 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs
- 264 homes' energy use for one year
- 2,679,119 pounds of coal burned
- 275,539 gallons of gasoline consumed
“This collaboration further illustrates Manor ISD’s commitment to creating partnerships that will innovate our schools and conserve energy", said Manor ISD Superintendent Dr. Royce Avery. "By launching this project, we are leading the way for our students, staff and community members in helping preserve natural resources, enhancing the learning in our classrooms, and being fiscally responsible with taxpayer money.”
The physical upgrade phase of the program began in June 2017 and was completed in November 2018. TASB is now initiating the Energy Empowerment Program; where they will look at opportunities for modification to reduce energy consumption and costs by increasing awareness around energy use and providing steps to students, staff, and faculty to reduce consumption. Educators are being provided an Energy Empowerment Handbook which provides lesson plans and activities to use in the classroom to educate and engage students in the use and management of energy on their campus.