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May 21, 2013
Sac City students show energy-saving creativity to save money

Student teams from 13 schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District will offer their proposals for making their campuses more environmentally sustainable as part of Project Green Showcase on Thursday.

Projects deemed viable will be in line for $1 million in Measure Q bond money set aside for green school initiatives. Measure Q, approved by voters in November, authorized up to $346 million in bonds for construction, rehabilitation or replacing school facilities.

Project Green Showcase is set for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School, 1410 60th St., Sacramento.

The student "green teams" formed earlier this year with a mission to audit their school campuses and make recommendations for green improvements. Last year, those included replacing outdated windows and installing water-saving plumbing.

Students presented recommendations to a panel of local experts in architecture, engineering, energy, land-use planning and water management for possible funding.

Project Green is led by the district's Center for Green Schools Fellow Farah McDill. Sac City is one of two school districts nationally to receive a fellow from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

Participating elementary schools include A.M. Winn, Crocker/Riverside, H.W. Harkness, Isador Cohen, Sutterville and Washington, which is participating on behalf of Sutter Middle School.

Other participating schools are Fern Bacon Middle School, McClaskey Adult Education Center, the School of Engineering and Sciences and these high schools: American Legion, Health Professions, Luther Burbank and C.K. McClatchy.

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About Report Card

Loretta KalbLoretta Kalb started her reporting career at The Sacramento Union, moved to KOVR-13 as a television reporter, editor and producer, headed to The Associated Press in San Francisco and eventually returned to Sacramento and joined The Sacramento Bee. Throughout her career, she has covered the state Legislature, courts, local government and, now, education. She is a Chico native and an Elk Grove resident.

Diana LambertDiana Lambert began her journalism career as a proofreader at the Lodi News-Sentinel. She is now a senior writer at The Sacramento Bee covering K-12 education and California State University, Sacramento. Previously she was The Bee’s Elk Grove bureau chief. Lambert was raised in a military family and lived at bases around the globe. She attended four high schools, graduating from Tokay High in Lodi and then Sacramento State University. She lives in Elk Grove.

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