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Schools recognized for environmental sustainability

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A number of Vermont schools are being recognized for their efforts to "go green."

Monday the Vermont Education Department announced that the Reading and St. Albans Elementary Schools, as well as the Shelburne Community school, are candidates for the national Green Ribbon Schools Award.
The program recognizes schools that are finding ways to save energy, reduce costs and create environmentally-sustainable learning spaces.  In Shelburne students are composting everyday and the school is saving $30,000 a year with new energy-efficient lighting.

The Shelburne Community school's David Kelly said parents have been a big part of the progress. "It's too much to have it inside the school trying to do it, because everybody is already focused on what they have for a task, so to have outside help really allows us to work with them rather than having to get the whole program going from scratch," he said.

The U.S. Department of Education is slated to announce the final honorees in April and recognize their accomplishments later this spring.

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