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TCMS students prove it's easy being green

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Shannon Clark

Taylor County Schools

Taylor County Middle School students, faculty and staff are leading the way in green conservation efforts made possible by a "Change the World" mini-grant, according to Tony Jewell, vice principal.

"Our Green Team students have been working with a school-wide recycling program for over a year," Jewell said.

Students were rewarded with a polo shirt and recognition at the St. Patrick's Day assembly.

The students started turning off unneeded lights after school and then expanded their efforts to include school hours.

"This has helped encourage staff to turn off lights and other appliances during long breaks. We plan to continue these efforts to include plug load studies and energy inventories," Jewell said.

While all schools in the district have been successful in saving energy and dollars, TCMS has led the way with a 30.55 percent energy savings in January, a 21.6 percent savings in February, and a 35.7 percent savings in March. These percentages were measured against the amount of energy consumed in Taylor County Schools during the 2009-2010 school year.

Overall, the district's energy consumption in March was down 25.9 percent, an estimated $8,609.91 savings.

"We want to continue to raise awareness about energy consumption and promote energy conservation in our schools and throughout our community," Jewell said.

For more information, contact Jewell at tony.jewell@taylor.kyschools.us.