As we thought about a good topic related to school, college and district operations, we kept coming back to issues many Maintenance and Technology leaders alike have been mentioning – with the technology growth in labs, classrooms and even BYOD initiatives came an equal and reactive rise in energy consumption. So the question became: How much energy is your technology using?
The growing trend in technology has created additional energy costs schools have not seen before. An estimated 10% to 15% of electricity used can be attributed to electronic devices. Our clients tell us the technology trends in their schools include:
- Multiple computers per classroom, including desktops and laptops
- Computer labs with 30+ computers and monitors
- Interactive whiteboards and projectors
- Increase in Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and students bringing portable devices
For firsthand tips on how to better monitor and manage this trend and ensure when it comes to technology assets, you know what the impact will be; peer district leaders shared their experiences. Leo Brehm, Director of IT at Newton Public Schools in Massachusetts, and Dan Caley, Director of Facilities at Rogers Public Schools in Arkansas, provided both the IT Department’s perspective and Maintenance/Energy Department’s perspective.
What were their key points? They provided tips on how to:
- Implement protocols to manage energy use of labs and devices
- Track energy usage and evaluate Total Cost of Ownership to determine where and when new technology should be added
- Improve communication between the IT and Energy Departments
Want to hear more from Leo and Dan? Watch the webcast recording today!
To see more resources from peer districts and universities, check out these resources from SchoolDude.