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Making schools more green

By: Stacy Ellison Email
By: Stacy Ellison Email

Environmentally friendly.

We all want to do it at home, and now two new school district employees are trying to bring the concept into the classroom.

Britney Thompson and Tresine Logsdon are on a mission, convinced that every flipped switch, every adjusted thermostat, every eco-friendly tip shared is a step in the right direction.

"We can come in and start that but being able to carry it into the future is going make a lot of difference," says Britney Thompson.
are Fayette County's new energy managers.

Both Thompson's and Logsdon's positions, funded through federal stimulus money, will allow full time attention to be focused on making schools as energy efficient as possible, and encouraging both students and staff to pitch in.

Tresine Logsdon says, "students will get a kilowatt meter, light meter. We'll start energy teams."

From simple changes like monitoring daily usage to retrofitting older buildings with more efficient windows and HVAC systems, anythings on the table, to ultimately save money on energy.

Henry Clay Assistant Principal Lester Diaz is already on board and is ready to put the schools $300,000 dollars annual energy expenses to better use.

"I'd like to spend the money on instruction, not paying the light bills. I'd like to be the first with solar panels on the roof. Maybe even some wind turbines, something kids can learn from and we can all benefit from."

Benefits that will continue long after these women are gone.

Henry Clay High School and Rosa Parks Elementary are pilot schools in the school energy managers project.

34 energy managers are currently working in more than 130 school districts across the state.


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