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School District Recognized for Environmental Efforts

School District Recognized for Environmental Efforts

Vandalia-Butler City School officials joined owners and operators from 116 other area for-profit and non-profit businesses that were recognized at Cox Arboretum Monday, April 25 as part of the Dayton Regional Green program.  These area groups were certified green businesses.  In all, 544 businesses have received this certification since the program began.

Superintendent Brad Neavin was on hand to receive the certificates recognizing all five school buildings’ “green” standings.  Neavin credits the certification to the district’s partnerships with Energy Optimizers and Waibel Energy Systems, helping district officials to operate facilities more efficiently. 

Following an energy audit in the 2012-2013 school year, several programs have been implemented to increase the efficiency and reduce operating costs.  New energy efficient lights were installed at all of the district parking lots and some building interiors in the last year. A water program established at Smith Middle School has cut the water usage bill by more than 62 percent in that building.  Other improvements including programmable heating and air systems have been installed in all of the school buildings, reducing energy costs for the districts by more than 33 percent.

The building principals of all five school buildings will receive framed certificates at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday, April 26.  The monthly meeting will be held in the Lecture Room of Butler High School at 6:00 p.m.


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