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May 21, 2013

Energized savings

CLINTON — It didn’t happen in one day, with one switch or with one person, but through a concerted effort, the Clinton School District has saved more than $2 million by utilizing energy-efficient practices.

The Clinton Community School District was awarded the Chairman’s Sustainability award by energy consulting firm Cenergistic for saving more than $2 million on energy costs during the past eight years.

John Lampus, of Cenergistic, presented members of the Clinton School Board and district energy manager Steve Colschen with the award during the committee of the whole meeting Monday.

The award recognizes organizations that have worked with Cenergistic for more than eight years and have achieved 20 percent energy cost savings.

“There’s a lot of awards that we give out, but this one means a little bit more I think to me than anyone else because being an energy specialist, I know that it’s easy to start the program up. You got a lot of euphoria and a lot more enthusiasm in the beginning that over the years, people change, times change, priorities change,” Lampus said. “It’s fabulous to see a client continue getting the numbers that you guys have.”

The district pays Cenergistic for the partnership out of its utility budget with savings paying for the cost of the program. Colschen works with Cenergistic to analyze all of its energy uses and creates a plan to use energy wisely while eliminating waste.

Superintendent Deb Olson praised Colschen for playing a crucial role for the district.

“Steve is known as the energy czar of the Clinton district because Steve has the responsibility at looking at how we deal with energy and how we try to conserve and use it as wisely as possible. A huge reason why we’re receiving this award tonight is due to the diligence of Steve,” Olson said.

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