McKinstry & Denver’s John F. Kennedy High School Renovate Greenhouse
Through the Denver Public Schools CareerConnect program, nine McKinstry employees teamed up with STEM-focused students in the school’s energy class to conduct an audit of the 51-year-old greenhouse, determine opportunities to improve energy and water efficiency, evaluate the viability of various measures and help install the measures selected.
The completed project features measures including a solar PV exhaust fan, rainwater collection system, composting, lighting retrofits, smart controls, and some cosmetic improvements. The new greenhouse will save the school $408 annually on natural gas and electricity while also achieving the carbon impact of not burning 3,628 pounds of coal or planting 3.2 acres of trees!
This (2017) is the fourth year McKinstry has participated in a STEM Mentor program with Denver Public Schools. We’re also engaged in statewide efforts in Colorado around STEM in partnership with The Colorado Education Initiative including serving as a STEM Champion of Colorado STEM.