Local schools honored for saving energy, money

From Highline Public Schools – more proof that saving energy isn’t just about the environment:

Here’s the official news release:

Highline Public Schools has been recognized by Puget Sound Energy as one of the five 2008 Power Players Award winners for exemplary commitment to energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

As a leader in resource conservation efforts, Highline was the only school district to be recognized by Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light or Bonneville Power Administration.

In addition to building new schools that meet or exceed all new energy conservation standards, Highline completed a number of energy projects at existing facilities. As a result, carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by 2.1 million pounds annually, which is equivalent to removing 141 cars from the road or planting 288 acres of trees.

One of Highline’s largest projects included renovations to boilers, piping systems, and lighting at the Evergreen High School Campus and Cascade Middle School that reduced the annual gas consumption at Cascade and Evergreen by 30%. Nine additional schools received energy-saving upgrades to their lighting systems.

The project will produce an estimated $126,577 of annual energy savings for Highline Public Schools. There is also a projected reduction in labor costs of $127,275 in the first year due to the need for fewer repairs.

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