Energy Efficiency: District Receives Grant from AEP Ohio Business Incentives Program

As a result of the district’s participation in the American Electric Power (AEP) Ohio Business Incentives Program, Wooster City School District (WCSD) recently received a grant to make LED lighting updates to the Ellen Shapiro Natatorium at Wooster High School.

The AEP Ohio Business Incentives Program rewards businesses that choose to use high efficiency electrical products in renovation projects. The grant was awarded to the Wooster Board of Education in the amount of $7,875.24.

WCSD has used the program numerous times over the past seven years to make updates to lighting throughout the district. 

“Any time the district looks at a lighting or mechanical project, we feel it is our responsibility to look at efficient programs that will give us the best return on investment,” said Mike Foore, manager of buildings and grounds.  “If we have the ability to work with environmentally friendly products and reduce consumption of utilities at the same time, then it is our duty to do so.”

The comprehensive renovation of the Ellen Shapiro Natatorium began on April 1, 2018 after the Pool Pride Committee, consisting of various members of the Wooster Community, raised funds for the project. All renovations were designed to make the Natatorium more energy efficient.

“My hope is that we continue to have well-received projects while reducing utility consumption at the same time,” said Foore. “Our feedback from community members, staff and students has been extremely positive. We want our community to know that eliminating waste and improving the environment is achievable and beneficial to us all.”

Over the past few years, WCSD has completed several other lighting projects to convert older lighting fixtures to high-efficiency LED lights since being awarded the Certificate of Recognition by AEP Ohio in 2016. AEP Ohio awarded Wooster a rebate of nearly $10,000 for the district’s commitment to energy efficiency and the environment.

“Thank you to AEP Ohio for continuing to support our district in our endeavors to make every school building and facility as environmentally friendly as possible,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs.