Camas School District joins national energy challenge

By Ray Legendre, Columbian staff writer

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The Camas School District has pledged to cut its energy use 20 percent by 2020, as part of its partnership with a Department of Energy national leadership program, district officials said.

Camas plans to reduce energy use in 990,000 square feet of its public buildings in conjunction with the Better Buildings Challenge.

The Department of Energy has called on corporate chief executives, university presidents and state, local and school district leaders to lower their energy use 20 percent in the next seven and a half years.

Commercial buildings and industrial plants account for half of the nation’s primary energy use, cost about $400 billion to operate and produce 40 percent of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions, according to the Department of Energy.