Goal 3: Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to a social awareness which impels to action.
Criteria 5: The school teaches respect for creation and prepares students to be stewards of the earth's resources.
Just in time for the Junior Ring Mass and SHA Basketball season in the gym, guests will notice the bright lights from the latest installment in Sacred Heart Academy's ongoing effort in energy improvements on campus. These improvements include conversion of close to 40 overhead light fixtures to LED. The original fixtures used approximately 10,000 watts and the new fixtures only 2,700 watts, resulting in substantial financial and environmental savings.
The school is embarking on a long-term campus-wide effort toward energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. Some of the initiatives introduced earlier this year:
· Exterior pole lights throughout the campus were converted to LED.
· The high school stairwell light fixtures were changed to LED with motion sensors. In the locker bays, the ceiling lights were converted to LED and the plan is to continue this conversion throughout the hallways in Dooley and then begin this process in the School House and the Mansion.
· In the gym, we replaced a traditional water fountain with a water bottle refilling station helping to decrease the number of plastic water bottles ending up in landfills.
· With the introduction of the new school portal, SHA has been able to use less paper at the school and classroom level. This means report cards, forms, calendars, etc. are published electronically.
The next step is to review the HVAC in the gym in order to bring it to optimal efficiency. This will not involve the replacement of systems, but updates to its functionality and balancing of existing equipment. Replacing exterior gym doors will also help with heat and air conditioning loss in the gym. The School House and Mansion buildings are enjoying a newly replaced and efficient boiler system. Perfect timing for the cold days of winter!
We continue to explore more sustainable options and building practices to benefit our students, teachers and community.