Ellicott City ARL team takes second at Howard University competition

The Sustainability Team at the Applications and Research Laboratory in Ellicott City took second place in the Howard University School of Business sustainability case competition Saturday, March 23.

The competition, called “The DC Schools Sustainability Project: A College Mentoring Partnership,” paired 15 regional high school teams with Howard University students to “create strategies for energy use reduction within their high school campuses to make them more sustainable place to work and learn,” according to the school system.

The team researched ideas for the ARL building that would reduce energy costs by $354,000 a year. The ARL is the Howard County Public School System’s center for career education. Recommendations for the building included an automatic computer shutdown at night, resealing doors and windows, replacing overhead garage doors, repairing metal doors, installing ultra high-energy efficient toilets, installing light sensors and replacing the HVAC system. The team also recommended increasing the current recycling program and creating an energy savings committee.

The team included 11 high school seniors in five ARL academies: Taylor Bruner, Dominique Eaton and Edward Lee in the Academy of Finance, James McQuarrie and Lucas Redman in the Construction Management Academy, Nathan Rennich, Kristen Reid and Donavan Silva in the Architectural Design Academy, Michael Walker and Nisa Zaidi of the Cyber Security Academy and Zohaib Raja in the Visual Communications Academy.

They were supported by teachers Robert Hodge, Robert Leiby, Vipul Savalia, Tina Lebaron and Maddy Halbach.

The team was awarded $3,000 in college scholarships to be split among its 11 members.

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