During the contest last April, the Stone Mountain school shed 3,693 pounds of CO2 by reducing it electricity usage, which they decreased by 2,736 kilowatts, the most of any middle school in the contest. More than 100 schools nationwide entered the contest sponsored by the Alliance for Climate Education.
During the contest, the school’s 600 students, teachers and administrators saved the school $275.53 on its electric bill.
Amber Nave, an ACE educator, said students and teachers had to reduce their school’s energy use by turning down the lights and turning off televisions and computers.
“They were given kilowatt devices to measure how much energy they were using,” she said. “The students unplugged all devices for three weeks.”
Nave said the school can use the $500 for a “go green” or sustainability project.