4:70 - Energy and Resource Conservation

Policy 4:70

Business and Non-Instructional Operations

Energy and Resource Conservation

Energy conservation efforts to conserve scarce resources is both a national and state priority.

To assist in this regard, and to maximize school district resources devoted to instruction, it shall be the goal of the District to conserve energy and resources whenever possible without adversely affecting instructional programs, if economically and practically reasonable.

Responsibility for the creation of energy and resource conservation programs, which include periodic reports to the Board of Education, shall rest with the Superintendent of Schools.

It shall be the responsibility of the Building Principal to implement specific recommendations for energy and resource conservation. It shall also be the responsibility of each school district staff member and other users to participate in performing the operating procedures to reduce energy and resource consumption. Active student participation in reducing consumption shall also be encouraged.

The Superintendent or designee shall manage a program of energy and resource conservation for the District that includes:/p>

  1. Periodic review of procurement procedures and specifications to ensure that purchased products and supplies are reusable, durable, or made from recycled materials, if economically and practically feasible.
  2. Buying recycled paper and paper products in amounts that will, at a minimum, meet the specifications in The School Code, if economically and practically feasible.
  3. Periodic review of procedures on the reduction of solid waste generated by academic, administrative, and other institutional functions. These procedures shall require recycling the District’s waste stream, including landscape waste, computer repair, and white office paper, if economically and practically feasible.
  4. Consideration of energy and resource conservation when construction and maintenance projects are planned and conducted.

Adopted: September 8, 1997
Revised: March 19, 2012; April 23, 2019

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