Accepting energy cost avoidance traveling trophies (they are recycled trophies) are, left to right, LCPS Energy Education Specialist Sean Barham, accepting on behalf of Booker T. Washington Elementary School; Assistant Principal Gerald Drake accepting on behalf of Picacho Middle School; Principal Jo Beth Hawk and Assistant Principal Angie Holguin-Dotson accepting on behalf of Mayfield High School; and LCPS Energy Education Specialist Jim Mulhauser, accepting on behalf of the LCPS Physical Plant Department.

LAS CRUCES – Picacho Middle School and Mayfield High School will keep their traveling trophies for energy conservation, and Booker T. Washington Elementary School and the LCPS Physical Plant Department (PPD) will claim their first traveling trophies – all thanks to energy savings achieved by the three schools and PPD, said LCPS Energy Education Specialist Jim Mulhauser.

The three schools and PPD were recognized as the top energy conservers by grade level at the May 21, 2013 LCPS Board of Education meeting. “The criteria for awarding trophies this time was the elementary, middle and high school and support buildings that increased their cost avoidance/percentage of savings the most this year over last, for the period of August 1,2012-February 28, 2013,” said Mulhauser.

Here are the savings by each of the winning schools and PPD:

Site Name

Last School Year Cost Avoidance

This School Year Cost Avoidance

Percentage Increase

Cost Avoidance in Dollars

Mayfield 17.44% 23.27% +5.83% $14,317
Picacho M.S. 13.79% 23.72% +9.93% $8,026
BTW E.S. 24.03% 32.75% +8.72% $4,413
PPD 9.03% 14.51% +5.48% $1,714

“Many schools have done an excellent job of reducing their energy use during the school year. We hope these awards will encourage the spirit of friendly competition that will lead to even more savings,” he said.

LCPS implemented its Energy Conservation Program during the 2010-11 school year. Since then total energy cost avoidance is more than $1.7 million, said Mulhauser.

For more information, contact Mulhauser at 575. 635.2072 or Contact Energy Education Specialist Sean Barham at 202.8494 or