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Eco Minute August 27, 2014

Jem Sullivan

Most schools spend more money on energy than on computers and textbooks combined. This is the EcoMinute, and I'm Brynna Hoggard.  Here’s how you can help save your school some money.  By just turning off the lights and computers in each classroom, every night, or when not being used, you can save your school as much as $150 per computer. 

Each class can pick an energy monitor to make sure lights and computers are turned off before recess, lunch, and after school.  Create a “Save Energy” sign to hang near your classroom light switches to remind people to turn lights off when not in use. 

In fact, schools should rely on natural light rather than artificial light whenever possible, it’s been shown that children learn faster and do better on standardized tests in classrooms with natural light, and there are health benefits too.  

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist in this area for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failure and continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive. Contact: enid@wuwf.org.