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Four young conservationists among Truckee Green Challenge winners

the Truckee Donner Public Utility District
Special to the Sun
Missy Mohler/Community submitted photoAlong with naming the Truckee Green Challenge winners, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District on Wednesday also recognized the Truckee High School Envirolution Club and David Gibson, Americorps volunteer for Envirolution. The students, top row, from left: Mason Roberts, Quina Williams, Sierra Castillo, Katrin Larusson, Makaiah Mohler, Erica Larusson, Megan Falk, Carley O'Connell and Ruby Xochihua. Bottom row, from left: Chris Hinkel, Missy Mohler, Allie McDaniel, Amory Kip Harris, Robyn Bath Rosenfeld and Annika Deurlington.
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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 rslabaugh@sierrasun.com.