Houston Independent School District - 2012

Joseph Konkel | University of Houston

  • Joe Konkel, center, works on a utility-rate-schedule problem set with co-fellows at the 2012 EDF Climate Corps training.
Year: 
2012
Metro Area: 
Houston, TX
Project Type: 
Lighting | HVAC | Energy Management / Strategy / Tools | Behavior Change | Refrigeration
Facility Type: 
Academic Buildings

Joseph Konkel worked with Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest school district in Texas and seventh largest in the United States, on projects in behavioral change, lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, water use and more.

In HISD’s 1,000 temporary buildings, Konkel identified opportunities to upgrade lighting and HVAC which could save over $2 million and 27 million kilowatt hours annually.

At Bellaire Senior High School – Konkel’s alma mater – and Paul W. Horn Elementary,  Konkel identified simple, low-cost energy projects, such as installing occupancy sensors, delamping excess hallway fixtures and shutting down vending machines during the summer.

Konkel also recommended behavioral change projects and changes to operational procedures that could reduce HISD's energy and water consumption. This work overlapped with HISD's Green Schools Challenge.

As a group, Konkel’s recommendations could save HISD $21 million in operating costs over the lifetime of the upgrades, enough to pay the salaries of about 40 teachers. The projects would also avoid 16,000 metric tons of annual carbon dioxide emissions.