For immediate release: July 8, 1997
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654-4989

Novato Unified School District
Receives Award for Energy Savings

For cutting its energy bills and saving taxpayer money in the process, the Novato 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 evening, July 8.

"The district is now realizing energy savings of more than $75,000 a year as a result of energy improvements," said Stephen Rhoads, Energy Commission Executive Director. "That's a pretty penny that would help fund classroom activities to enhance the quality of education in the district."

With funding from energy service companies and with the technical support of the Energy Commission's Bright Schools Program, the district recently completed lighting improvements and other energy efficiency projects in all of its 13 schools and its district office.

Although covering only 70 square miles, the District serves 7300 students. Its schools vary in size from Hamilton Elementary which has 200 students, to Novato High School which has 1,000 students.

On behalf of the Energy Commission, Michael Sloss, Efficiency Services Office Manager and Don Kazama, Project Manager, will present the award to the District at its Board Meeting. The resolution salutes Novato Unified School District for its contribution to "California's environmental quality, economic growth and energy security" and commends Joel Montero, District Superintendent and Ron Warfield, Manager of Operational Services for working diligently "to improve classroom comfort for students and teachers."


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