Thursday, June 17, 2010

School Energy Program Wins EPA Awards

From Lorre Korecky, Westfield Public Schools Public Relations...

Principals of our four schools who received the United States Department of Environmental Protection Agency’s “Energy Star” award presented to us recently. Only 9 schools in New Jersey have received this recognition out of the 2,500 public schools in the entire state. Westfield's Energy Managers, Michael Pate and Tony Cuccaro (who also work in our Maintenance Dept), presented plaques from the US EPA to the principals of Tamaques, Franklin, Roosevelt and Edison Schools and to some of their custodians were there for the presentation. Mr. Pate noted that since the inception of the program 33 months ago, the District has saved $1,005,813 or 25 percent of our energy costs in electricity and natural gas consumption. This equates to 573 passenger cars not driven in one year, or 81,667 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years, or 3,193 metric tons of CO2 Greenhouse gas reduction. Mr. Pate attributed the success of the program to teamwork by the entire staff of the district. He projects our energy savings to reach more than $5 million in 2017. In addition to the tremendous financial savings we have experienced, we are being good citizens of the earth and role models for our students.

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