Leading the Way to a Cleaner Future
Leading the Way to a Cleaner Future
Posted on 11/17/2018
BCS energy conservation efforts gain attention of NC Dept. of Environmental Quality Secretary Regan.By: BCS Energy Management | Photos: BCS Communications

Innovative energy conservation projects in Buncombe County Schools gained attention from across the state on Thursday. North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan toured the Martin L. Nesbitt Discovery Academy to learn more about local efforts to improve efficiency and sustainability.

Supt. Tony Baldwin stands with County commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara and DEQ Secretary Michael Regan.Secretary Regan was joined by Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin, Buncombe County commissioners, Waste Reduction Partners, and staff to see a fluorescent-to-LED installation demonstration. BCS Energy Manager Alesha Reardon explained the project’s aim to reduce school energy consumption, enhance light quality, reduce maintenance costs and time, and improve aesthetics.

“It’s amazing that you can look at a project like this and see energy savings; you can look at savings for the environment, but you also see the reinvestment from an education standpoint,” said Secretary Regan. “Not only is it good that the financial aspects are reinvested for educational resources, but children get a chance to see, in real time, what we can do in a responsible way to save money and save the environment. This is very inspiring.”

A BCS electrician converts a flourescent fixture to LED in the Nesbitt Discovery Academy.Following the tour, a round-table discussion was held showcasing the long-standing collaboration between Buncombe County Schools (Energy Management), Buncombe County, and Waste Reduction Partners to achieve energy reduction goals. It was emphasized that energy conservation is a must for local governments and school systems -- not only because of the economic benefits, but the environmental impact, as well.

The visit was sparked by Governor Roy Cooper’s recent executive order directed toward addressing climate change and transitioning to a clean energy economy in North Carolina.

For more information, please contact Alesha Reardon, BCS Energy Manager at 828-225-1109.

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