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Chambersburg schools get energy award

November 12, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Chambersburg Area School District received an award Wednesday for energy stewardship because of initiatives involving students, faculty and staff.

The award from Energy Education Inc. recognizes the district for saving nearly 5,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, according to a news release. The district owns 1.3 million square feet of building space.

Documents prepared by Energy Manager Connie Kelley estimate the district saved $750,000 in two years.

Kelley uses video and poster contests to help students learn energy-saving practices. She established "districtwide behaviors" like turning back thermostats to reduce utility bills, district spokeswoman Sylvia Rockwood said.

Employees who conserve energy are recognized in Kelley's memos and receive small gifts.

In coming weeks, the Waynesboro Area School Board will receive more information about possible energy savings in its district, Waynesboro Business Administrator Caroline Dean said.

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That study by Siemans explains how so-called performance contracts would allow the district to make improvements based on potential energy savings, she said.

-- Jennifer Fitch

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