Posts Tagged ‘R-52

12
Oct
10

R-52uesday! Saving Scrilla!

Last week I left ya’ll with the notion that turning saved energy into saved money, is perhaps an equally important outcome of the bad-ass-future-saving Referendum 52. Indeed for Aberdeen School District’s business manager, Tom Laufmann, saving cash through R-52 is his primary interest:

Philosophically, we should say it’s better for the planet.. But it’s about the money. We’re so short on money anyway, we don’t want to pay any more on utility bills than we have to.

Although we may be passionate going green, we always gotta remember the other green; keep the wise words of the Wu in mind (CREAM). This week I wanted to share some stories where energy-retrofits, just like the ones that will come with R-52, have helped schools save some dolla dolla bills, while cleaning up the environment at the same time.

Kiona-Benton School District

The district was not even thinking about energy retrofits until they spotted energy efficiency grants being dished out by the state. This inspired them to hire a company called Quantum to give their K-8 building the once-over. Quantum laid out what would be the most cost effective, and the state  bit into their suggestions like the juicy locally grown apple you gave your kindergarten teacher. Lighting, heating, and cooling systems were updated to be more modern and energy efficient. The cost? $380,000 total. This is important, because this sort of money is virtually impossible for local school districts to get their hands on (the district paid $150,000 in this case), which is why we need the force and funding of R52 to make it happen. We need not worry about R52 emptying the state’s wallet either, because repairing school buildings is expected to save the state $610,000 in new construction costs over 8 years, or more than $75,000/year on average. But back to the local – the Kiona-Benton school district will now be saving $20,000 annually, from repairing just one school building.

Burlington-Edison School District

In 2002 the district retrofitted lighting, water and ventilation systems at two schools and the district office building. The project cost $323,000, $278 thousand of which was paid by the district. Now the district is saving an estimated $35,500 each year. They’ll be counting stacks beyond their costs in only 8 years. And wait.. I think that means we’re using less energy too. Gettin’ paid to save the world… sounds kind of like working for the Bus.

Aberdeen School District

What about our buddy Mr. Laufman? How did he fare in his sustainable quest for cash-money? Well, retrofitting a school heater alone saves about $30,000 every freakin’ year. They also decided to switch out to more efficient lighting in the school gym. We are still waiting on numbers for energy savings, but students and faculty are already diggin it.

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You don't even want to know what I can do with a trowel.

There you have it. Schools are already making it happen. Imagine what they could do with R-52 in place! Thanks for joining me for another Bustastic R-52uesday. I love having you all ❤

Shout out to the Sightline Institute for hooking up so much good info on the Referendum 52. The Bus will drive over soon for a many-handed-high-five. For those who haven’t checked them out yet, clickity clickity.

See the previous posts on R-52: Introduction, Kids Getting Smarter, Saving the Future

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23
Sep
10

One bus, one election, two heroes

 

 

Sometimes we need heroes. and extended metaphors.

 

Some call them champions, some call them ballot measures, we call them… LOS DOS VALIENTES.

In a ballot full of villainry, two bold heroes have the answers to our education and environmental woes (cue body slam).  One – a world-class acrobat displaying perfect balance – is known for her defense of the sick, and surprise drops of updated textbooks for Washington’s youth. The other – with impeccable hygiene (mold free!) and tree green eyes – employs 30,000 of the state’s finest workers to keep school children warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

The former, known only as I-1098, as well as her companion R-52, have taken the future of Washington State into their own hands.  The work is exhausting (or might we say taxing?), but these villainous times call for brave folks.  They call for Los Dos Valientes. On Halloween, the Bus, you, and you’re best friends will answer this call. Get on the winning team.

The Bus knows another hero – one that wears no mask.  Senator Claudia Kauffman has been championing education and environmental goodness since before it was cool.  The Bus knows this, and we want to share the good news.  That means: (you guessed it) DANCE PARTY BUS TRIP (also dance party)!  Saturday October 16th will be the day, a bus full of great folks helping out Claudia will be the thing.  Be a hero yourself and RSVP.

Keep your eyes peeled for news of our new ballot-based champions in the weeks to come, and arriving in your mailboxes October 18thI-1098 and R-52 = Los Dos Valientes, the people’s champions.