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For Immediate Release: May 20, 1996
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 - 4989

Live Oak Elementary School District
Receives Award for Energy Management

The Live Oak Unified School District will receive a prestigious "Bright Schools Partnership Program Energy Management Award" from the California Energy Commission at the District's School Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 21.

"Live Oak District is being saluted for its efforts to cut energy use in all five of its schools. By eliminating waste, the district saves taxpayer money while contributing to the state's economic growth and environmental quality," said California Energy Commissioner Jananne Sharpless. "The District will realize savings of nearly $53,450 a year through the energy efficiency measures it installed ."

With the help of a $323,304 low-interest loan from the Energy Commission's Bright Schools Program, lighting retrofits and heating replacements were completed and energy-management systems added at Luther and Encinal Elementary Schools, Live Oak Middle School, Live Oak High School and Valley Oak Alternative Schools.

From the resulting energy savings alone, the District can repay its loan in approximately six and one-half years.

Representing the Energy Commission, Daryl Mills, Public Sector Programs Manager, and Don Kazama, Bright Schools Program Manager, will present the resolution. The award commends the District for its "firm commitment to energy conservation through the implementation of numerous energy efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting projects," and singles out Dr. Sam Hill, the District's Superintendent, for "working diligently to improve lighting quality and classroom comfort levels for students and teachers."

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