Dublin Villager

City and schools win Green Energy Ohio awards

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Dublin will be the star of the show at the upcoming Green Energy Ohio events.

Along with hosting the GEO 13th annual meeting, workshop, green expo, EV activities and teacher workshop at Jerome High School Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, the city and school district will walk away with awards.

Dublin and Dublin City Schools won two of three GEO Ohio Clean Energy 2012 Community of Year awards. Cincinnati won the other honor.

"This is all about local initiative and we think you've exhibited it," GEO Executive Director Bill Spratley told Dublin City Council members last week. "That's our way to recognize your effort."

Dublin's efforts to be energy efficient include a 2,300-square-foot green rooftop at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, energy efficient lighting at city facilities, parking lots and streets, electric vehicle charging stations at the recreation center and a compress natural gas fueling facility that opened last summer.

"The city of Dublin takes pride in our recent energy efficiency initiatives and that we have been able to secure various grant funding opportunities to offset the cost of many of these projects," said Michelle Crandall, Dublin's director of administrative services.

The green roof at the recreation center has helped with heating and cooling costs at the building, Crandall said, and energy efficient lighting at the recreation center and fleet maintenance and service center has saved about $30,000 annually.

"Not only do these projects have a positive impact on our environment, but they also have real cost savings," she said.

"We are honored to receive such a distinguished award from Green Energy Ohio as we continue to pursue environmental energy efficiency opportunities always focused on ways it can be greener in Dublin."

The Dublin City School District boasts a 15-year energy conservation program and has taken advantage of funding for energy efficient projects with House Bill 264.

"A lot of ideas for these things came from the Energy Instruction Group consultant that worked with us developing the house bill project," said Annette Morud, district director of business affairs.

Green items worked into the district include energy efficient HVAC and boilers, solar panels that heat water at Jerome High School and energy efficient lighting.

"I think there are districts doing these things and being innovative... ," Morud said.

"A number of districts are doing HB 264 work, doing mechanical changes, changing lights and things," she said.

"I think we're on the forefront with work with teachers and students in the classroom."

The school district has enabled some classes to monitor energy efficiencies in the district and work it into lessons.

But work isn't done yet.

"The summer of 2013 we're going to be using AEP rebate money to do more work on lighting and changing out more inefficient lighting we have left," Morud said, adding that old bulbs will be switched to more energy efficient models in classrooms, corridors and common space. "We can make a pretty big dent."

For more information on the GEO events happening in Dublin, look online at greenenergyohio.org.

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