Student Proposals Image 2019As part of Project ReCharge, students write sustainability project 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.  Selected 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 (for the renovation projects). The rebates from NV Energy are used to fund additional projects in the future.

4 student proposals are currently being implemented this 2019/2020 school year with one recently completed. To date, student proposals have:

  • Saved over $640,000 in energy costs
  • Cut energy usage by over 5,000 Megawatt hours
  • Reduced CO2 emissions by 2,120 metric tons.
    This is equivalent to taking 460 average american cars off the road for a year!

2019-2020 School Year

Prize-Winning Proposals

  • Best Use of Graphics
  • Funniest
  • Best Energy AND Water Saving PSA
  • Most Creative
  • Most Informative
  • Energy Saving Guru
  • All Encompassing
  • All Encompassing with Cool Graphics

Proposals to Be Implemented

  • Carson Middle School – Solar Window Film

  • Eagle Valley Middle School – Energy Efficient Curtains

  • Dayton Elementary School – $125 in annual Home Energy Savings
Dayton Intermediate School & the Robotics / STEM students
Save Power Hour by Hour
  • $8,000-$10,000 in annual energy savings
  • $3,000-$5,000 in NV Energy Rebate

Dayton IS

2018-2019 School Year

Proposals Implemented

GM Heritage Homeschool:
Churchill Middle School:
Vaughn Middle school:
Pyramid Lake Jr/Sr High School:

kWh 14,374  | $1,509
kWh: 28,270 | $2,968
kWh: 117,620 | $12,350
kWh: 64,798 | $6,804
— *Plus an estimated $3,000 NV Energy Smart Schools Rebate as well!

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!

2017-2018 School Year

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.

2016-2017 School Year

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.

2015-2016 School Year

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, 449 lamps were converted from 32W FL to 15W LED. Total saving: 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.

2014-2015 School Year

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.