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Westdale Heights Academic Magnet celebrates first place win in statewide Green School Challenge

Westdale Heights Academic Magnet students accept a check and plaque. (Source: Liz Koh/WAFB) Westdale Heights Academic Magnet students accept a check and plaque. (Source: Liz Koh/WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Westdale Heights Academic Magnet kicked off the 2016-2017 Green Schools Challenge Week by celebrating a first place win in the statewide challenge for the 2015-2016 school year.

The U.S. Green Building Council hosts the annual challenge. The organization presented the school with a check and plaque to praise their efforts for being environmentally conscious.

Its purpose is to engage students in low-or-no-cost green projects that empower teachers and students to make positive changes to their own surroundings while reducing school costs.

"They were recognized for their work in terms of conserving resources and reducing their costs while they're doing it. They saved over 27 percent energy reductions in the past few years. I want to say 67 percent reductions in water usage over the past few years and about 70 percent in terms of their solid waste reduction. So they've really done a tremendous amount of work reducing the environmental impacts and reducing their operating costs while they do it," said Brian Gautreau, the Green Schools Coordinator with the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission.

This is a student-led effort, monitored by the school's science specialist Mary Legoria.

For more information about the program, contact Gautreau at bgautreau@wlf.la.gov.

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