Claiborne Elementary wins national EPA competition
BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that Claiborne Elementary school in Baton Rouge won their annual Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the
Buildings for obtaining the greatest reduction in energy use over the past year.
Officials said that the students and staff of Claiborne beat out teams from than 3,000 buildings across the country by cutting their overall energy usage by nearly half.
The school said they got there by adjusting thermostats, keeping doors and windows closed when the air conditioners were on, and turning off lights and electronic devices at the end of the day. They also said fine-tuning automated controls for lighting, ventilation, heating, and air conditioning systems was vital to energy savings.
An EPA official said that participants in this year's competition saved more than $20 million and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 130,000 metric-tons or energy savings equal to the annual usage of nearly 18,000 homes.