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School district receives environmental excellence award

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad Unified School District has received an Environmental Excellence Award from Energy Education.
The award heralds the district’s program that has achieved a 20 percent cost savings, totaling $345,939 in 13 months, since forming a strategic alliance with Energy Education, an energy conservation company.
“The district is achieving huge savings thanks to the energy-efficient behavior of all of our staff at every site,” Superintendent John A. Roach said. “It is great to see that our environmentally conscientious habits have earned national recognition and even greater to note that we are being good stewards of the Earth.”
All costs of the Energy Education program emanate from the district’s existing utility budget, with savings more than paying for program implementation. Additional savings can be redirected to other areas of the budget.
Energy Education’s experts work closely with CUSD Energy Education Manager Darin Vey, who analyzes energy usage to ensure that energy is utilized as efficiently as possible, in accordance with the company’s Transformational Energy Management process.
Vey works with Curt Huckins, director of Facilities, Operations & Transportation, to coordinate a successful team effort of the maintenance and grounds staff to achieve this level of energy and water savings. “Site staff members collectively contribute to realize the energy savings results and are a key component to the success of the program,” Vey said.
According to EPA/EGrid figures, to date the district has saved 6,438 MMBTU. This savings equates to 538 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions prevented, 97 cars removed from the road or 13,752 pine trees grown for 10 years.
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