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Posted September 24, 2013

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APS Forms Water and Energy Conservation Committee

Albuquerque Public Schools is brainstorming with utility representatives and others to come up with ways to conserve energy and save money.

Albuquerque Public Schools has formed a Water and Energy Conservation Committee to come up with ways the district can reduce its water, electricity and natural gas consumption.

The 16-member committee is made up of utility and other community representatives as well as APS employees. Community members include representatives from PNM, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, Presbyterian Healthcare Services and the Home Builder Association of New Mexico. APS employees include representatives from finance, technology, schools, Maintenance and Operations, and Facilities, Design and Construction. The group met for the first time last week to share information, outline its mission and set goals.

APS spends about $50,000 a day for electricity, natural gas and water/sewage. During the 2012-13 school year, the district spent more than $11 million on electricity, $3.8 million on natural gas and $2.3 million on water/sewage for a total of $17 million.

The committee will recommend ways to reduce these costs by coming up with a district-wide water and energy management plan, a school engagement program and a public relations plan.

The group will meet monthly and will share its recommendations with the APS Board of Education.

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