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LCPS elementary school principals with the Energy Star awards for their schools.

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More elementary school principals with their Energy Star awards.

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High school principals and their Energy Star awards.

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Middle school principals and their Energy Star awards.

LAS CRUCES – Thirty-five LCPS schools received the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2013 Energy Star award, recognizing their commitment to energy savings, said LCPS Energy Education Specialist Jim Mulhauser. Mulhauser presented Energy Star certificates to principals February 11, 2014. Plaques will be installed at each school later this month, he said.

“Being recognized by the EPA with 35 schools receiving the Energy Star is a really big deal for me,” said Mulhauser. “It validates in a very public way what we’ve been doing for the past three and one-half years in our school district with our energy conservation partner, Cenergistic, Inc. What a thrill it will be for years to come to proudly display the Energy Star in each of these schools,” he said.

Receiving the award were Alameda, Booker T. Washington, Central, César E. Chávez, Columbia, Conlee, Desert Hills, Doña Ana, East Picacho, Fairacres, Hermosa Heights, Highland, Hillrise, Jornada, MacArthur, Mesilla, Mesilla Park, Monte Vista, Sonoma, Sunrise, Tombaugh, University Hills and Valley View elementary schools; Camino Real, Lynn, Mesa, Picacho, Sierra, Vista and Zia middle schools; White Sands School (kindergarten-eighth grade); Las Cruces, Mayfield, Oñate and Rio Grande Preparatory Institute.

The four LCPS school buildings not included in the recognition – Loma Heights Elementary School, Mesilla Valley Alternative Middle School, Centennial High School and Arrowhead Park Early College High School – will all be measured and included for recognition in 2014, said Mulhauser.

All the schools receiving the award have saved 20 percent or more on energy costs every month for more than two and one-half years, said Mulhauser. LCPS has saved about $3.75 million in energy costs since it began its partnership with Cenergistic in July 2010, he said.

“I am very proud of our schools’ commitment to saving energy and to modeling appropriate stewardship of our natural resources for the students and the community we serve,” said Superintendent Stan Rounds.

For more information, contact Mulhauser at 575. 635.2072 or jmulhauser@lcps.k12.nm.us.

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