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Weston Schools Receives 'Power of Change' Award for Energy Efficiency

Weston Schools gets 2014 Top Building Award.

Pictured left to right are Daniel Clarke, Director of Facilities; Rob Klee, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and Dave Lustberg, Energy Manager for Weston Public Schools. Contributed Photo
Pictured left to right are Daniel Clarke, Director of Facilities; Rob Klee, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and Dave Lustberg, Energy Manager for Weston Public Schools. Contributed Photo
Weston Public Schools received the prestigious Power of Change Top Building Award at the Power of Change Award event at the State Capitol, June 17.
 
The 2014 Power of Change Award celebrated the energy efficiency achievements of more than 20 Connecticut state agencies and municipalities. The winners received awards for their innovative initiatives and approaches to reducing energy spending and protecting the environment — efforts which benefit all Connecticut residents. The event also featured recognition of the award winners by state legislative leaders and members of the Power of Change Award committee.
 
Rob Klee, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), addressed the gathering of more than 100 participants with a message that reinforced the importance of energy efficiency, both as a cost saving measure, but also as a key way to reduce carbon emissions.

“The cheapest and cleanest energy is the energy you don’t use,” Klee noted.
 
Dave Lustberg received the award on behalf of the Weston Public Schools. The Honorable Mention was awarded in the Municipal Top Building category for finding new ways to reduce energy use in buildings and make a positive impact on the environment.
 
The sponsors of the Power of Change Award (the Common Sense Fund, Hampshire Foundation and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation) brought together a panel of energy and environment experts from government, business, academia and advocacy organizations to judge the 2014 entries.

The judges included John Rathgeber, President of CT Business and Industry Association (CBIA); Jessica Boehland, Kresge Foundation; and Bryan Garcia of CEFIA, Connecticut’s green bank.
 
“As these award winners have shown, investments in energy efficiency, energy infrastructure, best practices and behavior provide immediate, multiple and long-term benefits,” Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation President Michelle Knapik said. “These town and state leaders are demonstrating what is possible to achieve in the built environment, and they are setting an example for public leaders nationwide. Their efforts put Connecticut on the leading edge of transforming our relationship with energy — this is a path toward a brighter, cleaner energy future.”

For a complete list of winners, visit www.powerofchangeaward.org/news.

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