Clarksburg High School’s Green Schools Club was given $2,000 by Montgomery County Public Schools for their efforts to lower the school’s energy usage.
Among other things, club members make an effort to turn off lights in spaces that are unoccupied and install energy-efficient lighting, according to Hillary Kirchman, School Energy and Recycling Team program manager for Montgomery County Public Schools. The SERT program serves 200 county schools, including Clarksburg High School, in their efforts to further energy conservation, water conservation and recycling.
The school was able to reduce its energy usage by 6 percent during the third quarter of last year, Kirchman said.
“That is a significant percentage at a high school building,” she said.
The money awarded to the high school comes from their energy savings.