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Sustainability & Energy Conservation

Background

Our world community is rapidly moving to a new reality where infinite natural resources are transitioning to a finite supply. The extraordinary consequences of this “paradigm change” will impact future generations in every aspect of their lives. We believe that Regis Jesuit has a responsibility to take a leadership role in preparing our students, school and other stakeholders for these emerging challenges.

Vision

Regis Jesuit High School seeks to integrate sustainability processes and a deep respect for the natural world into every facet of the institution. The school and the next generation of students must internalize their responsibilities for living sustainable and restorative lives. The community, our country and the world need these young leaders to effect fundamental change regarding the impending human collision with planet depletion. Regis Jesuit intends to lead by example advocating positive change within this global context now and in the future.

Definition of Sustainability

The Brundtland Commission of the United Nations on March 20, 1987 defined sustainable development as the “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. At the 2005 World Summit it was noted that this requires the reconciliation of environmental, social and economic demands - the "three pillars" of sustainability.

Policy

It is the responsibility of Regis Jesuit High School and its employees to insure that every effort is made to create a sustainable environment for the school’s stakeholders and our world while exercising sound financial management.

In order to promote the school’s Mission, to prepare students, employees and alumni for a future that sustains our environment, and to ensure the best use of school budget and resources, the Management Team will provide collaborative leadership in developing a culture that promotes our vision.

The implementation of this policy is the joint responsibility of the Board of Trustees, Management Team, school administrators, teachers, students and support personnel. The success of the school’s efforts is based on cooperation and involvement by all Regis Jesuit stakeholders to implement short and long-range strategies to meet our sustainability goals.

Energy Conservation Steps Taken

Regis Jesuit High School seeks to integrate processes promoting sustainability and a deep respect for the natural world into every facet of the institution. The school and the next generation of students must internalize their responsibilities for living sustainable and restorative lives. The community, our country and the world need these young leaders to effect fundamental change regarding the impending human collision with planet depletion. Regis Jesuit intends to lead by example advocating positive change within this global context now and in the future.

Campus-wide Recycling and Composting

During the 2014-15 school year, composting was introduced in the both cafeterias and snack bar in the Steele Center. Additionally, recycling was expanded throughout campus. A school-wide sustainability committee comprised of members of the faculty and staff and students from the Environmental Club, worked to educate the community as to the proper use of the new bins, as well as to encourage adoption of a similar practice at home.

In late 2015, the school switched waste management companies to use one that allows for a broader range of items that can be composted. The company also provides monthly measurements to the school on waste disposal to help Regis Jesuit assess progress toward our goal of becoming a 'zero-waste' facility, meaning that 85% of the trash generated can either be recycled or composted.

Installation and Use of Solar Energy

At their November 2015 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a solar energy project for the campus through a partnership with Namasté Solar. The addition of solar on campus aligns with the school’s sustainability policy and will save the school significant amounts in energy costs. In June 2017 of solar panels were operational on the roofs of the Steele Center and Girls Division building and on the Boys Division building.

About ASHRAE

ASHRAE was founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.

Mission

To advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

Vision

ASHRAE will be the global leader, the foremost source of technical and educational information, and the primary provider of opportunity for professional growth in the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration.

 

Energy Savings by Facilities and Information Departments 2012-14

Boys Division - Energy Star Designation

  • Occupancy and vacancy sensors installed to ensure lights turn off
  • Installed flat plate heat exchanger to permit free cooling with lower outdoor temperatures
  • Replaced pump motors with energy star efficient models
  • Reduced amount of trash by increasing recycling by 150%
  • Reduced the lighting energy use in the Sophomore Hall from 3300 watts to 418 watts, more than a 700% reduction by installing LED lighting

Girls Division - Energy Star Designation

  • Occupancy and vacancy sensors installed to ensure lights turn off
  • Cut energy use in half in the gym by switching from the metal halogen light bulbs to T-5 fluorescent bulbs
  • 98% of lighting converted to LED bulbs
  • Replaced large air handling motors with energy star efficient models
  • Reduced amount of trash by increasing recycling by 150%
  • EDPM roof installed with insulation in 2014.

Field House

  • Pool lighting converted to LED bulbs
  • Installed occupancy and vacancy sensors
  • Replaced all T-12 bulbs with T-8 bulbs
  • Performed extensive preventative maintenance on pool water heater to increase efficiency

Grounds

  • Installed weather station to monitor evapotranspiration (ET) rates
  • Installed ET irrigation system that uses the weather station to specify the correct amount of water to apply based on weather (soil, rain, wind, evaporation) conditions
  • Cut the grass to a longer length during the high heat months to save the use of water
  • Treating all fields with deep aeration, sand, seed and fertilizer to increase root growth and drought tolerance

Information Technology Department

  • Retired five physical servers from the server room and plans to reduce one more
  • Purchased two energy efficient physical servers that host 35 virtual servers
  • Raised the temperature in the server room five degrees after replacing the old servers
  • Removed 30 POE (Power Over Ethernet) injectors for Wi-Fi Access points
  • Removed ten POE injectors for the IP Phones
  • Removed five POE injectors for the security cameras
  • Replaced two non-POE switches in each IDF Room to one POE switch
  • Scheduled digital signage TVs to turn on/off
  • Enabled digital signage TVs with economy mode
  • Turned off printers during summer and long breaks
  • All HP printers are enabled with power consumption mode

STEELE CENTER

The design of the building contains sustainable and high-performance building strategies of ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings (AEDG K-12) to achieve an expected 40% energy savings.

Envelope Energy Saving Measures

  • R-30 polyiso roof insulation
  • R-19 wall insulation and continuous spray foam insulation
  • Low-E, tinted glass with a U-factor of 0.26 and motorized shades to reduce solar heat gain and glare

Lighting Energy Saving Measures

  • All spaces designed with illumination levels per recommendations of IESNA
  • High-efficiency LED and T8 lighting throughout the building with an overall power density of 0.7W/ft2 
  • Lighting occupancy sensors and dual lighting controls used throughout the facility to achieve 46% energy savings based onASHRAE 90.1 2007 and AEDG K-12
  • Tubular daylight devices in the second floor roof to allow natural daylight to enter classrooms and hallways

HVAC Energy Saving Measures

  • High efficiency, 11.0 to 15.3 EER, packaged rooftop units
  • 95% efficiency condensing hot water boilers
  • Meets ASHRAE 62.1-2007 ventilation requirements
  • Individual room sensors for zone control
  • Outdoor air and CO2 monitoring

Water Saving Measures

  • Reduced water usage based on low consumption water closets, urinals and battery powered sensors for lavatories
  • Low water demand landscaping reflecting the natural habitat of the area

Site Conservation Measures

  • Responsible storm water management plan and best management practices to reduce erosion, run off and sedimentation during construction
  • Exterior lighting design which reduces light pollution levels
  • Development on campus reduces environmental impact compared to an undeveloped site

Indoor Comfort & Resource Saving Measures

  • Sound-absorptive materials with a minimum NRC of 0.70 in learning spaces to reduce background noise
  • Acoustically engineered features which mitigate noise and vibration from HVAC equipment to performing arts classrooms and theatre spaces
  • Minimizing the entry of air-borne particulates and pollutants with walk-off mats at the main entry vestibules
  • Designed to integrate installation of a future photovoltaic system
  • The project will use local and regional materials to the furthest extent possible to reduce the impact of material shipping and transportation

Parking Lots

  • Lights changed to LED
  • Added six additional lights to better illuminate walkways
  • Reduced electricity usage from 28,000 watts to 9,815 watts
  • Added LED lighting to Softball parking lot