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February 6, 2013

Studying energy empowers young people



But Lennartson wanted the students to know that their families can choose their own individual ways to go green. He directed them to the Minnesota Energy Challenge, an action guide for reducing waste. Some of the site’s easy tips include turning your thermostat down just 2 degrees in the winter; using fans instead of window air conditioners on cool summer nights; and taking the bus to work or school.

“Everybody has different reasons for trying to go green,” he said.

After Lennartson’s presentation, the students looked at West’s electric metering system and then were bused to Gustavus Adolphus College for a lecture by physics professor Chuck Neiderriter about measuring energy usage and using alternative energy.”

The students took a rooftop tour of Olin Hall to see equipment and learned from Jim Dontje, of the Johnson Center for Environmental Education, about Beck Hall, which is expected to be certified LEED Platinum, the highest ranking.

The students capped off the day with a tour and discussion of Rosa Parks Elementary School and a Q&A with Greg Borchert of Paulsen Architects.

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