Research paper based on the following proposal:
Replacing all Light Bulbs to LED bulbs in the Middletown School District to implement a plan to reduce CO2 emissions.
The innovation of Light Emitting Diodes (LED) bulbs revolutionized the energy industry. A notable feature of the bulbs is that they are energy saving and require less electrical energy to light. This document will give a policy recommendation which is aimed at replacing all light bulbs with LED bulbs throughout the Middletown school district to implement reduction CO2. The research will provide justification for the new policy including CO2 reduction goals, viability, and cost, barriers, challenges to success, social change and public votes needed to implement the strategy fully.
CO2 Emissions Reduction Goals
Research will show the benefits of reducing emissions is more feasible when the community is involved and that a small change in a large school district can make a big difference which benefits the community and the planet. LED bulbs to use up to 90% of energy less than other bulbs and lasts 15% longer (Costa et al., 2009). Getting the school district on board will set an example for kids to get their parents, caregivers and friends on board to reduce CO2 emissions at home.
Replacing lighting bulbs with LED bulbs is a project which is sustainable at the school as it will reduce CO2 emissions. The plan is viable given the fact that LED bulbs do not only conserve energy, but also have a longer lamp life
Initial cost will vary depending on the actual cost of the LED bulbs at the time of purchase. It is likely to be a considerable upfront cost, but will pay for itself in a short period of time. Retrofitting will also have to be taken into account. As the switch can be made by the custodial staff, there would be no incurred labor charges.
Challenges and Barriers to Success
All RFP’s are required to be bided out for prevailing wages. Also, any capital projects have to be put before the public at the local school board meeting and then must be put on the ballot for voter approval. Getting the public to understand the benefits outweigh the costs, may be the hardest sell.