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Hudson School District to be part of statewide energy challenge

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Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton has announced that the Hudson School District will be part of the state's Energy Star School Challenge, a commitment to reduce energy consumption by 10 percent.

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"School districts are true leaders when it comes to energy efficiency," Lawton said. "Tight budgets demand it. I am proud that the leaders of Hudson schools have accepted the challenge to be better stewards of taxpayer dollars and of the environment."

"The Hudson School District is committed to reducing our energy consumption as a means of preserving our natural resources," said Hudson School District Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten. "Extending what we've learned through building an eco-friendly green elementary school, the district plans to make energy-conscious decisions districtwide that will serve our taxpayers and provide a good model for our students and community."

Lawton issued her Energy Star School Challenge in April as part of her Green Economy Agenda. The goal is to commit at least 100 new school districts, nearly 25 percent of all Wisconsin school districts, to reduce their energy costs by at least 10 percent.

Participating schools agree to:

  • Make a commitment to improve energy efficiency by 10 percent or more.
  • Measure and track the energy performance of the district facilities where possible.
  • Develop and implement a plan consistent with the EPA Energy Star Energy Management Guidelines to achieve energy savings.
  • Educate staff and community members about energy efficiency.

    The lieutenant governor's Web site will connect participants to the EPA Energy Star program and other resources, and provide testimony and coaching from Wisconsin school district energy managers.

    The federal EPA will provide participants with a key contact, as well as start-up and measurement tools and technical assistance, online trainings, strategic advice, new construction advice/guidelines, building upgrade manual, portfolio manager, service and product and program directory, calculators for upgrade and financial value and for cash flow, financing options, behavioral change suggestions and "quick payback" projects.

    According to the EPA, U.S. schools currently spend $6 billion a year on energy costs, more than they spend on textbooks and computers combined. Inefficient technologies and design rob them of an average of 20 percent of that energy purchased.

    "With high energy costs looming on the horizon and sure losses to districts with the inefficiencies inherent to their aging building stock, school leaders need access to an easy way to begin to change operations and habits," Lawton said. "Different districts may follow distinct paths to increased efficiency, but they will all experience improved performance and health with better lighting and air quality. And they will all realize significant savings that became addictive and drive continued work toward greater efficiency."

    Hudson is the first district in the area to participate in the challenge. 

    For more information, contact Lawton's office at (608) 266-3516 or visit www.ltgov.wisconsin.gov and click on "Energy Star Schools Challenge."

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