High School: Planted (2) Redbud trees in front of A-1 to replace (2) dying trees, Gym-Replaced (60) 6 bulb T-5 lights 324w with (60) LED 150w lights, Concession--Replaced (4) 4 bulb 128w lights with (4) LED 50w lights, Gym Storage--Replaced (7) 2 bulb T8 lights 64w with (7) LED lights 35w each
Foster: Planted 2 dwarf pine trees on the side of the building
Howe: Elevator--replaced (2) bulb 64w light with 15w LED light
Over the last few years, our District has made it a priority to replace fixtures and bulbs as they burn out with LED lighting which saves both on both energy and costs. A complete overhaul of the lighting has already taken place in the High School Pool area and there is an increased priority on completing the South Gym lighting, in the near future.
The LED fixtures and bulbs have a much higher output, less maintenance cost, and longer life.
Since the start of this LED lighting project, we have seen an approximate $7,700 per year savings.
Anticipated Spring/Summer 2023
Replace all outdoor (50) 400W bulbs with (50) 100W LED All LED bulbs have already been purchased.
Replace all light fixtures in main gym with LED fixtures
Jefferson Middle School:
Replace (30) 150W fixtures with (30) 40W LEDs in gymnasium
Replace Gym (6) 150W fixtures with (6) 40W LEDs
The District has obtained three quotes to install (2) level 2, dual port EV charging stations at the high school. The lowest estimate projected a cost of $17,718, 50% of which may be eligible for a rebate under the Duquesne Light Fleet Charging Program. After the design, other factors to be considered include users, type of vehicle, maintenance, etc.
The District has obtained a quote to install solar panels on the Athletic Building. These panels would cover most of the roof on the building to offset 9% of the total annual electrical consumption and 138 tons of CO2 at the high school.
The cost of the panels is $800,000 with a $208,000 Federal Investment Tax Credit, for a net cost of $592,000.
The panels have an estimated energy savings of approximately $62,172 per year and the "break-even point" would be in 9.52 years.
The District has investigated purchasing electric-powered utility vans. A local dealer loaned the District one for a day to use. The van was similar to what we would need to meet the needs of a District fleet vehicle.
Although these vans have a higher estimated capital cost ($60,000/each), the maintenance and fuel costs are significantly lower.
Additionally, the federal government is currently offering a $7,500 Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle tax credit.
The District is working with the Duquesne Light Fleet Vehicle Program who is preparing a report to develop an analysis of our vehicles and the amount of savings associated with fuel, maintenance, and CO2 reduction.
The vehicles may also be eligible for a lease option.
Mt. Lebanon High School was honored by the U.S. Department of Education as 1 of 46 schools from across the United States to receive the distinction as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School for innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness for students and staff, and provide effective environmental and sustainability education.