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School district lauded for energy savings

Schools for Energy and Efficiency, a program to help school districts save energy, recently recognized School District 833's efforts to reduce energy consumption.

A division of Hallberg Engineering in White Bear Lake, Minn., SEE has helped the district spend $2 million less than projected since 2003.

Money not spent on energy goes into classrooms, said Tom Nelson, district superintendent, at the Aug. 22 school board meeting.

John Doth, district director of facilities, also introduced Mick Greiner as assistant director of facilities. His new job includes energy management, Doth said.

District energy saving programs are ongoing with a strong effort this fall to encourage recycling in district facilities. New recycling containers are in buildings and recyclable material no longer needs to be sorted, Greiner said.

Other efforts include lowering the temperatures in district facilities in the winter and raising them in the summer, shutting off lights in classrooms and offices when not in use and shutting computers off at night and on weekends.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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