The District’s Greening/Sustainability Ad Hoc Committee – working with local residents, Exelon, and volunteers from Northwestern University – created the “Eco Power Challenge” to help build student awareness about the impact that small changes can have upon the conservation of energy.

District 65 Schools that participated in the challenge assigned a school representative to help students with daily meter readings during the month of April, with promoting a reduction in energy consumption in the school through simple changes in daily routine (e.g., turning out lights when rooms are empty, unplugging power adapters when they are not being used) and participating in presentations from either Exelon or Northwestern volunteers.

Lee Kuhlman, the District’s energy manager, said there was also an overall reduction in energy use by 9 percent at the participating schools, which he estimated to be a cost savings of $4,200. He added, “Part of the message is little acts can make a difference.”

Overall, Washington School won the challenge with a 28 percent reduction in energy, said Mr. Kuhlman.

Pictured above are Kate Ellison (left), Katie Bailey, Neal Levin, Erik Friedman, Lee Kulhman, Hardy Murphy, Tracy Quatrtrocki and students Mary Kate Girard, Abra Levin, Ruby Levin, Talhlua Levin and Kate Suvari celebrate their Eco Power Challenge win.

Larry Gavin

Larry Gavin was a co-founder of the Evanston RoundTable in 1998 and assisted in its conversion to a non-profit in 2021. He has received many journalism awards for his articles on education, housing and...