Kelly Campbell and Dwayne Tampkins have been prowling the halls in the Mansfield school district for almost four years, turning off lights, shutting off dripping faucets and rounding up three straight ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards, which qualified the district for the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The energy specialists have saved the school district $5.2 million so far, said Jeff Brogden, associate superintendent of facilities and bond programs.
“It’s not really about the money, it’s about conservation,” Brogden said. “This is as big as the award gets.”
In fact, Mansfield is the only school district in Texas to earn award this year, and one of only five in the United States. The award is given to organizations that perform at a superior level of energy management and prove organization-wide energy savings, according to the school district.
The EPA “doesn’t publish what the standards are,” Campell said, “but it means we’re using less and less every year.”
The pair not only save electricity, water and natural gas, they also educate students in kindergarten through fourth grade about how to save at home as part of the students’ science TEKS.
“We are so proud that we have created a culture of conservation,” Tampkins said. “It gives us an opportunity to have a conversation about what happens.”
The pair have done such a good job that their responsibilities now include trash and recycling, as part of conservation, Brogden said.
Superintendent Jim Vaszauskas, Mansfield school board president Michael Evans, Brogden, Tampkins and Campbell, as well as two teachers and principals from high-conservation schools, will travel to Washington D.C. from April 12-15 to accept the award, alongside companies like Toyota, Staples, Sears, Nissan, JCPenny, Best Buy and Colgate Palmolive.