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HOGANSVILLE HERALD - THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012 ! PAGE 3-A' HELPING TO EDUCATE - As LaGrange educators continue to dedicate their time and money in our youth's future, Walmart is help- ing 20 teachers at Callaway Elementary School to purchase much-needed classroom supplies this back-to-school season through itsTeacher Rewards program. Local Walmart stores, Distribution Centers and Sam's Club locations. across the U.S. are eligible to select one local kindergarten through eighth grade public school and pro- vide $50 reward cards to 20 teach- ers from the selected school. Winning teachers are able to use the funds to purchase essential items for their classrooms such as paper, folders, binders, clipboards, pens, pencils, crayons and mark- ers. Is Energy Awareness Month As the nation celebrates Energy Awareness Month in October, Troup CounW School System administrators are having a celebration of their own -- announcing more than $1,723,817 savings achieved through an innovative ener- gy conservation program. To verify the program's effectiveness, identify fur- ther saving opportunities and measure success, Ms. Melton tracks energy consumption -- including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil -- using third-party energy-accounting software The $1,723,817 savings is from EnergyCAP, Inc. equal to 26.66 percent of the The software compares iii expected energy costs with- current energy use to a base: out the program, line period and calculates the In environmental terms, amount of energy that would the energy saved equates to have been used if conserva- 9,784 metric tons of carbon tion and management prac- dioxide emissions being pre- SAVING ENERGY - Pictured is Alford-School Board tices had not been imple- vented, or 1,756 autos off the Member, Truman Atkins- Southern Division of Marketing mented. highway annually or over President, John Darden-School Board Chair, Sandy Melton- It adjusts for weather, 250,244 tree seedlings plant- School Energy Education Specialist, Debbie Burdette- equipment additions or dele- ed and grown in ten years. School Board Member, Sheila Rowe School Board Member, tions, and changes in build- "It is particularly appro- Dr. Cole Pugh-School Superintendent, and John Radcliffe- ing use. priate to celebrate our sav- School Assistant Superintendent of Operations) By tracking consumption hags this month," said and analyzing energy use, Assistant Superintendent of organizations, ment energy-saving tech-EnergyCAP helps Ms. : :, Operations, John Radcliffe. Using Energy niques throughout the sys, Melton and Energy : :, Energy Awareness Education's process, Troup tem. Education quickly identify Month is all about teaching County School System has She conducts energy and correct any wasteful people to make good deci- built a customized and sus- auditstoensurethatstudents, sions about the energy they tainable energy conservation staff and faculty ,are com- energy use that needs to be use, and that's what our pro- program that reduces con- fortableduringclas timeand addressed. gram does. sumption of electricity, nat- scheduled activities, and that All costs of the Energy Education program come Today, every person onural gas, fuel, oil, and water energy is used only as neces- from the existing utility our staff uses energyas need- through changes in organiza- sary. ed arid is:careful not towaste: tional and human behavior, budget, with savings guaran- energy. . .... " Troup County School ENERGY Education's "' teed to more than pay. for the By implementing best System also received theconservation experts Work ,program. ............. ........ Additional savings can be practices for energy use Award for Energy closely with Ms. Melton to reserved for other parts of throughout our system, we Stewardship from Energy audit buildings and train per- the budget. create savings, enhance the learning environment, and retain dollars for education. It's the right thing to do." The successful cost-say- ing program is implemented through a partnership with Energy Education, the nation's leading organization- al behavior-based conserva- tion company whose Transformational Energy Management process has saved more than $2.8 billion for educational and complex Education. This special honor recog- nizes the school system's efforts to implement an inno- vative, organizational, behav- ior-based energy conserva- tion and management pro- gram. Mrs. Sandy Melton serves as Energy Education Specialist for Troup County School System. She receives intensive training from Energy Education energy consult- ants to determine and imple- sonnel to control energy use wherever possible. Every energy-using item in the system -- including all heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, food service facilities, athletic facilities, offices and class- rooms, auditoriums, cafete- rias, information technology, and computer labs -- receives ongoing evaluation for the best, most efficient use of energy while ensuring that the learning environ- ment is at its best. AWARD WINNING SCHOOL - Physical Education Pictured (L-R) are Patti Lee, Principal Specialist was recog- - Long Cane Elementary, Heather nized and thanked by the Hoats, Physical Education Specialist board for championing and Karen Cagle, Asst. the process for Long Cane Superintendent of Curriculum and Elementary School. She Instruction. Long Cane Elementary was recog- nized as a Gold Level recipient Fit-Friendly Worksite at the Troup County School System September Board Meeting. The Fit-Friendly Worksite Recognition Award is given by the American Heart Association's My Heart. My Life. initiative. It is intended to be a catalyst for positive change in the workplace across America. Heather Hoats, has coordinated employ- ee physical fitness in the workplace, student phys- ical health activities, increased awareness for healthier eating, pro- motes a wellness culture, and embraces the crite- ria outlinedby the American Heart Association. Since 2008. MS. HOATS and Long Cane Elementary stu- dents have ratsed over $16,000 for the American Heart Association through the Jump Rope for Heart fundraisers. For additional infor- mation you may go to the American Heart Associations website for a listing of all Fit-Friendly Worksite for 2012. Many organizations have credited this program with helping save jobs and pro- grams that otherwise would have fallen victim to budget cuts. In addition, the conserva- tion program is sustainable for years. Energy Education pro- vides free support after the paid term of the contract, as long as the organization con- tinues to implement the pro- gram. Celebrating over years of Art, Antiques & Crafts 6&7 Gay, Georgia cpfair.org 4 SOU'I HEAST TOURISM SOCIETY