April is Earth Month, and Evanston/Skokie School District 65 plans to celebrate by encouraging students, faculty and staff to conserve electric energy as part of the Eco Power Challenge.

This challenge, created by the District’s Green/Sustainability Ad Hoc Committee and sponsored with support from Exelon Corporation and Northwestern University students, is designed to help build awareness about energy conservation and the role everyone can play in making a difference.

In announcing the challenge, School Superintendent Hardy Murphy said, “All across this district, everyday, there are efforts underway that demonstrate the commitment to conservation, recycling, and sustainability practices.”

“This challenge helps stimulate greater interest and awareness and helps students learn more about how they and we can make a difference,” Murphy added.

Throughout the month, messages to the entire school community are planned to support initiatives that demonstrate District 65’s commitment to green/sustainability efforts.

The challenge begins April 1st with the first of 29 electricity meter readings at the schools. Daily meter readings will be used to generate interest in energy conservation efforts. The readings will be compared against to a similar 29-day period in 2010. The winning school will be recognized at the May 16 Board of Education meeting.

Schools are looking for ways to reduce electric energy consumption through small changes in daily habits. The winning school team earns bragging rights for having demonstrated the greatest impact in saving electric energy for their school.

The challenge also features a number of other initiatives at the school level. Each participating school’s coordinator will establish activities to help students learn more about energy conservation. There will be opportunities to promote energy conservation by producing Public Service Announcements for judging by Exelon and airing on ECTV.

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