With today’s tough budgetary climate for schools, it’s gratifying to hear about a school district that applies smart technology to save millions on its energy bills so funds can be redirected to important educational programs. Council Rock School District in Pennsylvania embarked on such an energy savings program, Go Green, under which energy monies saved could be returned to other areas of the district’s operating budget, funding programs or staff that might otherwise be subject to cuts. It has taken its Go Green initiative further by using Cisco EnergyWise technology on Cisco 3750, 4500, and 6500 Series Switches to measure, monitor, and manage energy usage by network devices.
Since launching its energy savings program in 2005, the district has saved an impressive $8.8M in energy costs, money it instead used to protect staff positions and invest in educational materials.
Cisco EnergyWise, an energy management protocol based on Cisco IOS Software and enabled on the school district’s Cisco Catalyst network switches, allows the district to apply policies to shut down systems and network devices centrally after hours to conserve power. Beginning with integrated control of its air conditioning/heating (HVAC) systems, the district has gone on to leverage its Cisco network for centralized management of its PCs, IP phones, wireless access points, and even some of its lighting systems. With Cisco, the pioneering district has a robust, scalable and long-term sustainable network foundation that delivers tremendous value.
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