Saving Energy Across a School District with Detroit Public Schools’ Emile Lauzzana

November 4, 2013

Detroit Public Schools Energy Manager Emile Lauzzana is tasked with finding any and all ways to cut the energy usage across one of America’s largest public school districts — one that includes 50,000 students, more than 100 schools and a dozen support facilities. Cutting costs is the name of the game for the cash-strapped district, which operates a utilities budget of $18 million (which goes toward electricity, natural gas, steam, water and sewer service). Lauzzana has now implemented the “Go Green Challenge,” an energy-saving behavioral program aimed at raising energy awareness and driving cost savings through various eco-minded projects. “What we are providing is a structure for participation in sustainability,” Lauzzana explains. “This is something that people have wanted for a long time in the district. People are just really excited about it.”