Hathaway earns Green School status
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Washougal, WA Hathaway Elementary received Washington Green Schools certification thanks to the school’s Green Team.
To achieve certification, the team, which included staff, students and community members, conducted a rigorous assessment of the school’s energy use, which included a six-page survey, measuring windows and a building walk-through.
The team concluded the school could make the biggest positive impact on the environment by turning off computers, lights and electrical equipment at night, and closing blinds at night. The team developed and carried out an action plan that resulted in significant monthly savings.
Since October 2009, the school has saved more than 50,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, according to a news release from the Washougal School District. The Washington Green Schools program provides resources for schools to reduce their campus’ environmental footprint and utility costs.
Hathaway students and staff will be recognized at a school assembly at 9:30 a.m. June 9.
The school board will review a new energy and resource conservation policy for adoption this month.