Sonoma E.S., Picacho M.S., Mayfield Win Conservation Awards

Left to right are LCPS Energy Conservation Specialist Jim Mulhauser, Picacho Middle School Assistant Principals Gerald Drake and Dr. Renee Garcia, Mayfield High School Assistant Principal Fred Steele and Principal Jo Beth Hawk, Sonoma Elementary School Principal Wendi Hammond and LCPS Energy Conservation Specialist Sean Barham.

LAS CRUCES – In a close competition over the Thanksgiving break holiday, three schools outshone the others when it came to energy conservation. Sonoma Elementary, Picacho Middle School and Mayfield High School are the first ever winners of the Las Cruces Public Schools Outstanding Energy Conservation Awards.

We’re so happy to recognize the dedication of these three schools to conserving energy. It’s fitting that Sonoma, Picacho and Mayfield are the winners of this first award because all three of those schools have shown their eagerness to conserve in the past. It’s not a fluke that they won this time around.

The schools initially earned the awards by returning the highest percentages of their completed conservation checklists before the staff left for the holiday. But winning proved not to be so easy, as there was a tie among eight elementary and two middle schools. In order to break the ties, Fellow Energy Conservation Specialist Jim Mulhauser and I conducting several late-night and early-morning inspections throughout the week after the break to see which of the schools had the highest continuing commitment to saving energy and money. The schools that won had the fewest electronic devices left on overnight.

Jim Mulhauser adds that there are many schools that have done an excellent job of reducing their energy use over the past few months, and he hopes that these awards will encourage the spirit of friendly competition that will lead to even more savings.

LCPS implemented its Energy Conservation Program during the 2010-11 school year, and since then it has avoided paying more than $2.3 million in utility costs.

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