As part of Project ReCharge, students are required to write sustainability proposals and many have been adopted by our local school districts. Their proposals can be completed in a variety of mediums and there are multiple types of end products including typed and handwritten essays, PSA’s, PowerPoint or Prezi presentations and poster boards.  Select projects are featured during our Year-End Event.

Envirolution reviews proposals and identifies top groups.  We collaborate with CLEAResult and others to confirm numbers.  Funding is secured by several parties, including local school districts to pay for the renovation projects. The rebates from NV Energy are used to fund additional projects in the future.

  • Saved over $436,500 in energy costs
  • Cutting energy use by over 3,400 Megawatt hours
  • Reducing CO2 emissions by over 1,400 metric tons
  • 4 student proposals are currently being implemented this 2019/2020 school year with one just completed.

To date, ten student-driven proposals have been adopted in Washoe and Lyon County:

Reed High School

The first pilot project was completed at Reed High School.  Project ReCharge teacher Leigh Metcalfe and her Eco Warriors Environmental Club were responsible for the proposal. The first phase was completed in December 2015: 1,927 lamps (32 watt FL to 15 watt LED). The second phase was completed in May 2016:  5,389 lamps (32 watt FL to 15 watt LED).  Total savings? 275,149 kWh, $35,769 (.13/kWh), 231,950 lbs of CO2 reduced (.843lbs/kWh) and $13,756 in rebates back to WCSD.

Dilworth STEM Academy

Multiple student groups from multiple classes focused on lighting.  WCSD had funding for the hallways, office and cafeteria. Completed in October 2016, were 449 lamps converted from 32W FL to 15W LED. Total savings? 33,501 kWh or $4,355 and 28,241 lbs of CO2 reduced (.843lbs/kWh) and $1,675 rebate back to WCSD.

Mendive Middle School

Multiple groups from multiple classes focused on lighting. WCSD had funding for the library and the project was completed in October 2016. (451) 32W FL lamps were replaced with (369) 15W LED lamps. Total savings? 20,379 kWh or $2,649 and 17,179 lbs of CO2 (.843lbs/kWh) was reduced.  A $1,018 rebate was given back to WCSD by NV Energy.

North Valleys High School

Mrs. Varner’s Physical Science Class and STEM Guest speaker Andy Dumond from CLEAResult worked on this energy savings proposal for North Valleys High School.  Exterior wall packs were installed in August 2017.  Eighty-two (82) 40W wall packs were installed with 18W LEDs.  Total savings? 7,772 kWh or $1,010 (.13/kWh), 6,551 lbs of CO2 reduced (.843lbs/kWh) and a $388 rebate from NV Energy went back to WCSD.

Wooster High School

Students from Mr. Coli’s Energy Technologies CTE class performed lighting audits and data analysis on lighting upgrade options during the 2017-18 school year program.  By the end of August, over 850 fixtures throughout the school were replaced with more efficient LEDs. Total savings? $72,020 and a reduction in the school’s annual CO2 emissions by over 467,000 lbs!

Sparks High School

Marie Smith’s students worked over nine weeks on their Project ReCharge proposals and were acknowledged for their efforts with an ice cream celebration, hosted by McKinstry and Envirolution.  In May 2018, 988 fixtures were replaced with LEDs throughout the high school. Total savings? $41,990 in energy costs and 272,289 lbs of CO2.

Dilworth STEM Academy

Over 400 fixtures were replaced with LEDs. Total savings? 129,000 kWh$16,770 savings in energy costs and 108,747lbs of CO2.

GM Heritage

In 2019, Heritage Home-school completed a lighting proposal that replaced the incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. They had a negative return on investment of 4.3 months when they paired their savings with the NV Energy rebate! Each year the LED lights will save them 14,374 kWh and $1,509 and they have reduced their schools annual CO2e emissions by 22,000lbs!

Upcoming Proposals

As mentioned above, four more student-driven proposals will be implemented during this 2019-20 school year! Watch this space for further updates.