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School District 65 has implemented many measures to conserve energy since 1997, said Lee Kulman. He has been the District’s Energy Manager for 15 years.

Mr. Kulman said the energy savings are a result of the cooperative efforts of principals, teachers, custodians and maintenance staff, who have offered and implemented suggestions to prevent energy waste.

Mr. Kulman estimated that the District has saved about $1.7 million between May 2007 and April 2012 as a result of its energy conservation program.

He also estimated that the District reduced its energy consumption by 416,023 million BTUs or the equivalent of 26,904 metric tons of CO2, in the last 15 years as a result of its program. He said this is the equivalent to taking about 5,000 cars off the road for one year.