Four young conservationists among Truckee Green Challenge winners
Special to the Sun
TRUCKEE and#8212; When the Sierra Sun was asked to partner with the Truckee Donner Public Utility District on a project that would encourage people to conserve water and energy, we jumped at the chance to be involved.
That project was called the Truckee Green Challenge. It was a contest that asked our readers to do something green in their home or business and submit a photo and essay about what they did.
Kids were encouraged to participate through a special student category. The TDPUD gave students a head start by providing conservation kits to kids in grades K-8. Conservation kits were loaded with compact fluorescent light bulbs, light emitting diode night lights, water faucet aerators, toilet leak detection kits, foam pipe insulation, shower timers and low-flow shower heads, along with information on other ways to save energy, water and money.
The conservation kits were handed out to the students after-special and#8220;Trashion Showand#8221; assemblies at their schools.
Several kids entered the Truckee Green Challenge alongside area business owners and homeowners. Online voting took place from April 1-15. The entrants who received the most votes were then evaluated using a point system created by the TDPUD to analyze their actual water and energy savings.
The home winner will receive up to a $250 credit on their energy bill from the TDPUD. The business winner will receive a credit up to $400. Each elementary student winner will receive an iPod Nano, and the high school winner will receive a Netbook computer.
The winners will be recognized during the Earth Day festivities Saturday, April 24, at the Village at Squaw Valley, after the Envirolution Club presents its Trashion Show at 2 p.m. The TDPUD and Sierra Sun would like to congratulate our worthy contest winners.
and#8212; This story was e-mailed to Executive Editor Ryan Slabaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.