Green Apple Project


Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

Green Apple Project

Green Apple Project

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Year 1 In Review

The Green Apple Project completed a successful first year in the CH-UH City School District in 2016-2017, saving energy through behavior changes. These energy savings equated to a significant amount of financial savings for the District.

Across all buildings, the District cut its energy use by 5% from April 2016 through June 2017. That represents a savings of nearly $85,000 in operating costs for the District.

Because the Green Apple Project is focused on saving energy through behavior changes, much of this success can be attributed to the collective effort of District staff.

"I am encouraged by the staff who have embraced our energy conservation measures,” said CH-UH District Energy Coach Ditte Wolin. “Awareness is the key, and changing habits can take time. But awareness of one thing can lead to another. Several staff members have told me that they are spending less on their electric bills at home by implementing suggestions they heard at work."

The District’s seven elementary school buildings had a combined 10% reduction in electric use from September 2016 through the end of the school year in May 2017.

CH-UH is hoping to increase awareness of the Green Apple program this upcoming school year and further reduce its energy use with a goal of 20% district-wide.

The District is also increasing its recycling programs to cut down on solid waste that is thrown out. Several schools increased their recycling with awareness programs last year, especially at Fairfax, Boulevard, Roxboro Elementary, and Heights High.

About The Green Apple Project

Brewer-Garrett Green Apple Project

October 2016 -- The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District is further increasing its sustainability efforts to align with Goal 5 of the Strategic Plan by instituting the Green Apple Project throughout the district.

Goal 5 of the Strategic Plan is aligned around operational resources including finance, technology and facilities. Objective 2 under this goal states that “district operations will be more sustainable and have reduced cost.”

One strategy to accomplish this object is to reduce energy consumption, and that is where the Green Apple Project comes in. CHUH partnered with Brewer-Garrett to “choose green” in order to take care of our resources while also saving the district money.

The Green Apple Project is focused on saving energy through behavior changes. CHUH knows that our actions can have a significant impact on the environment. We care about our environment and the future of our students and children.

The school district has committed to reducing its environmental impact by reducing energy use and solid waste.

The Green Apple Project seeks to engage the school community to attain this goal by helping to identify and implement energy reduction opportunities. It is estimated that we can reduce our energy costs by 20% by implementing a number of energy savings procedures throughout the district buildings.

The district’s Energy Coach, Ditte Wolin, is leading the sustainability efforts for CHUH. Wolin, whose position is funded through Brewer-Garrett, is a familiar face within the district as a longtime assistant in the high school music department.

For more information on the Green Apple Project, visit

CHUH is committed to working together and doing our part to “go green” and save energy.

Strategic Plan Goal 5

Contact Us

Green Apple Project
Energy Coach Ditte Wolin
Email | 216-320-2346 

Energy Kits

Sign up to receive an Energy Efficiency Kit, available through The Energized Guyz in-school program from FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities.


What Can You Do?

- Turn off lights in unoccupied classrooms, offices, lounges, copy rooms and conference rooms.

- Reduce lighting in large common spaces when unoccupied – ex. lunchrooms and community rooms.

- Set computers and monitors to go into sleep mode after 15 minutes of inactivity.

- Unplug seldom-used devices, or plug them into power strips and only turn on when needed.
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