The Cardinal Times
TCMS students prove it's "easy being green"Thursday, March 31, 2011 By Shannon Clark
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - Taylor County Middle School students, faculty and staff are leading the way in a "green" initiative made possible by a "Change the World" mini-grant according to Tony Jewell, vice principal. "Some of the green team students have been working with the recycling program for over a year," said Jewell. 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 Jan., a 21.6 percent savings in Feb., and a 35.7 percent savings in March. These percentages were measured against the amount of energy consumed in Taylor County Schools during the '09-'10 school year. Overall, the district's energy consumption in March was down 25.9 percent, an estimated $8,609.91 savings in energy dollars. "We want to continue to raise awareness about energy consumption and promote energy conservation in our schools and throughout our community," said Jewell. For more information, Jewell can be contacted at email@example.com.