PYLUSD Wins Environmental Stewardship Award

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Rosemary Gladden

PYLUSD Supt. Dr. Doug Domene, school board members, and district personnel display environmental award.

PYLUSD Supt. Dr. Doug Domene, school board members, and district personnel display environmental award.
PYLUSD Supt. Dr. Doug Domene, school board members, and district personnel display environmental award.

 PYLUSD has won the Environmental Stewardship Award for their efforts to save energy over the past two years, which has saved our district 1.53 million dollars. According to pylusd.org, the Environmental Stewardship award is given to recognize the School District that decreased carbon emissions and saved natural resources.

“We initially launched the program for two reasons. First, it was the right thing to do for our environment. Second, it’s an easy way to curb energy, water and gas costs,” said Superintendent Doug Domene on implementing the award.

Due to PYLUSD’s efforts, they have saved 2,009 metric tons of carbon dioxide, a trace gas that according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website is a main contributor to the Earth’s climate change, 419 cars removed off the road, or 51,523 pine trees that would have taken 10 years go grow.

“Staff members are also making a huge difference,” said Conservation Specialist, Eddie Tabata, a long time PYLUSD employee. “Simply by turning off classroom or office devices at night and on weekends we are seeing savings. Think of at least one thing to save is what we are asking staff. Whether it’s a light, a printer, a computer, an electric stapler, one item will make a difference. ‘Save one’ is our message.”