Madison School District Recognized for Energy Efficiency
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Madison City Schools won a coveted energy award for energy efficiency in its buildings.
The Huntsville Association of Energy Engineers gave the district the “2017 Best Overall Performance Award” at its annual Green Tie Bash which recognizes “Champions of Energy” throughout the area.

The event was Oct. 17 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

Michael Gunner, Coordinator of Operations, accepted the award on behalf of Madison City Schools.
Mr. Gunner said more than half the total square footage of buildings throughout the district are approaching tough nationally recognized energy efficiency standards.
Michael Gunner Accepts Energy Award plaque at Green Tie Banquet
Michael Gunner (right) Accepts one of Two Energy Awards for Madison City Schools For Energy Efficiency
(Photo by Neville Simpson

Discovery Middle School won an individual award for attaining “Energy Star” certification. Discovery was the first school in North Alabama to do so. Several other Madison City schools are closing in on qualifying.

Much of the Madison school district’s energy savings have come from a massive switchover to LED lighting, motion-activated switches, and behavior modification by students and school staff.
A single laptop, for example, can burn almost $5 of power a year just by remaining on overnight. Multiply that by thousands and the costs can pile up. Running faucets and lights burning unnecessarily can also be wasteful.

The district achieved more than $130,000 in savings last year from both energy-efficient hardware and behavior modification. Discovery alone managed to lower its energy costs 18.4 percent in the past two years.
“Investments in energy-efficient technology in both a proactive sense and as new buildings are built or modified are paying off,” said Mr. Gunner. “The schools are doing their part through behavior modification like turning off unused devices. It’s a team effort that we plan to continue moving forward.”

Wide Angle Shot of Guests At Tables at U.S. Space and Rocket Center
Green Tie Awards at Huntsville Association of Energy Engineers and Nexus Energy event at the
U.S. Space and Rocket Center (photo by Neville Simpson)/