South Carolina Chapter

The geographic area served consists of the state of South Carolina.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Edi Francesconi

2022 Annual Chapter Conference

Marriott Spartanburg March 22-25, 2022
Emerging in the Hub City – Understanding the Changing Needs of Education
Spartanburg Marriott
Spartanburg, SC
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How to Get Your ESSER II “ACT” Together

Tonia Mallett Smith, Director, Office of Emergency Programs, SCDE
Jasmeen Shaw, P.E., Director, Office of Social Facilities, SCDE


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The purpose of these sessions is to provide an overview of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER II) Funds that has been awarded to school districts as subgrants under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act.

Learn about funds made available to school districts to improve IAQ in existing facilities. Learn how to apply for funds and what facility improvements can be implemented under the conditions of the grant.

EPA INDOOR ENVIRONMENTS DIVISION RESOURCES
EPA Supports Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools During COVID-19 Pandemic The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools Program remains fully committed to our stakeholders who are working to ensure that schools are healthy places to work and learn, whether school is in session or not. This page contains a set of health and safety resources to consult as you respond to COVID-19 in your facilities.
Energy Savings Plus Health Guide Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades equips school districts to integrate indoor air quality protections into school energy efficiency retrofits and other building upgrade projects. School districts starting the building retrofit process will be able to optimize energy efficiency upgrades without compromising occupant health.
ENERGY STAR TOOLS AND RESOURCES
ENERGY STAR ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including about 40% of the Fortune 500®—partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions that improve air quality and protect the climate.
ENERGY STAR K-12 Tools and Resources This page provides a list of several tools and resources produced for ENERGY STAR stakeholders.
ENERGY STAR Building Upgrade Manual
(see Chapter 10 for K-12 schools)
The Building Upgrade Manual is a comprehensive guide to profitable energy efficiency upgrades presented in an easy-to-understand framework designed especially for ENERGY STAR partners. This 18-page chapter for K-12 schools addresses challenges and opportunities, energy-use profile, technical recommendations, and financial and implementation issues.
Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator The Cash Flow Opportunity (CFO) Calculator helps inform strategic decisions about financing energy efficiency projects. Using the tool, you will be able to estimate cost of delaying energy efficiency measures, how much new equipment you can finance using anticipated savings, as well whether you should finance now or wait for a lower interest rate.
Did Your Energy Efficiency Project Get Lost in Translation? Financial Speak for Facility Managers Understanding your organization’s decision-making process, being able to effectively speak to the benefit of improved cash flow, and improving your financial literacy can greatly increase your probability of receiving approval for a project. This 7-page paper highlights alternative financing solutions specific to energy efficiency that may offer a solution for getting to “yes” for your project.
Easy Access to Energy Improvement Funds in the Public Sector This primer provides an overview of two of the most popular mechanisms for financing energy efficiency projects in the public sector: performance contracts and tax-exempt lease-purchase agreements.
ENERGY STAR Performance Contracting Best Practices Use this 14-page PDF to learn how to integrate publicly available, no-cost ENERGY STAR tools into the energy performance contracting process in order to make performance contracting projects more actionable and understandable for building owners, tenants, policy makers, and the public.
Finding Money for Your Energy Efficiency Projects This 14-page paper describes how performance contracts and tax-exempt lease-purchase agreements may offer you a practical solution when no money is available in the current budget for further improvements. It equips you to persuade the decision-makers that implementing energy efficiency upgrades is a good business decision and should be done as soon as possible.


SchoolsNEXT 2020

The SchoolsNEXT team from Beck International Academy, Greenville, SC secured an Award of Commendation at the 2020 LearningSCAPES virtual conference.

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SchoolsNEXT Design Competition Award Winner 2020 for South Carolina

The South Carolina Chapter has selected a team of students from Beck International Academy in Greenville as the winner of the 2020 SchoolsNEXT Competition for South Carolina.

SchoolsNEXT lets students plan and design a school with the help of classroom teachers and school design professionals. Students learn about the design process and the importance of healthy, safe, sustainable and resilient schools that promote student achievement. Following a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) curriculum, students plan a school from concept to completion, with sketches, models, and documentation on site planning, floor plan layouts and interior design. Participants’ teamwork and leadership skills are enhanced by a required presentation to a jury composed of school design professionals (architects, engineers, planners, school staff) from across South Carolina.

Beck International Academy will represent South Carolina at the Southeast regional competition. The team is composed of Ashton Colantonio, Isaiah Smith, Jabori Arnold, Kyre Sheppard, Lilly Abdella, Seniko Hogan and Tristynn Sizemore, and was led by Emily Strickland, a Math Interventionist at Beck Academy. Scott Powell and Ali McClure from Craig, Gaulden, Davis Architecture served as design coaches.

Click here for more information on the SchoolsNEXT Design Competition.

2019 Award Winners

Honor Award

St. James Intermediate School

Merit Awards
Jackson Creek Elementary School
Drayton Mills Elementary School
Socastee Elementary School

Citation Award
Goose Creek High School Renovations and Additions

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