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School energy teams honored for savings on utility expenses

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By The Staff

Student energy teams at seven Bullitt County Public Schools were recognized May 18 for promoting awareness and reducing energy consumption.

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Overall since the district started implementing energy conservation efforts over two years ago, there has been a cost avoidance exceeding $250,000 in annual energy costs.

Bullitt East High School student earned the Overall Gold Award for their year end report and additional activities related to energy conservation.

District Energy Manager Andrea Rock lauded the efforts of Bullitt East students.

“They not only surpassed everything asked but did so many extra things,” she said.

Earning bronze awards were students from Mt. Washington, Hebron and Zoneton Middle Schools along with students from Bullitt Central High School, Old Mill and Roby Elementary Schools.

Special Recognition was also given to the following schools:

* Green School Award - Mt. Washington Middle (student awareness helped reduce the school electric bill by 17%)

* Best Awareness Campaign - Bullitt East.

* Best Education Program - Old Mill.

* Most Improved Habits - Hebron (students brought the school’s bill down 8%).

“The Energy Watchdog Program was developed as a way to get individual schools involved in the district’s initiative for reducing energy consumption and improving the learning environments for our students,”

Rock remarked. “Through this program we want to education students, staff and community on the importance of energy efficiency, encourage the use of our school facilities as a hands-on learning lab and promote BCPS as responsible stewards of the environment and community tax dollars.”

Rock added she is proud of all the students who participated this year and looks forward to more school participation in 2009-2010.