Energy Busters

Graves teacher in Together Green Project

Christy Bell-Cornaby who teaches special education at Central Elementary is a participant in a Together Green grant from Audubon/Toyota and another national grant through Learn and Serve America. The project was to identify ways of decreasing the energy being used at Brandon Spring Group Camp at Land Between the Lakes.

Christy Bell-Cornaby is a member of the Energy Buster’s group. They worked with one another for the past four months. Christy Bell-Cornaby worked to see how much energy was being lost and made recommendations about what can be done to make changes. Energy Buster’s suggested Brandon Springs and LBL replace their current fluorescent tube lights with LED tube lights to decrease their energy consumption and therefore, decrease their spending on electricity. This proposal can save Brandon Springs over $10,320 a year just on electricity from lighting in one building. The Energy Buster’s proposal was chosen to receive the $10,000 grant on May 6, 2012. LBL and Brandon Springs will be able to use this funding to install the lighting system researched and suggested in the Energy Buster’s proposal.

This grant was the result of Friends of Land Between the Lakes and the Center for Environmental Education working with graduate students studying at Murray State University to receive a Master’s degree and receive a certificate for teaching environmental education from the KY Education Professional Standards Board.

“The project chosen by Energy Buster’s is an example of what can be done to improve our communities, our schools and our homes,” said Christy Bell-Cornaby. As a member of Energy Buster’s she explored how much energy is being lost and what can be done to make changes. “This is our way of learning and serving a community. At the same time we are learning about energy and working together,” said Bell-Cornaby.

John Rufli, Executive Director of Friends of Land Between the Lakes, is the project director in partnership with Dr. Joe Baust, Director of the Center for Environmental Education at Murray State University. Rufli said: “It is a distinct honor we were a recipient of this grant from Audubon/Toyota because it allows us to work together with teachers, Murray State University, Swift and Staley, Earth Force, Toyota of Murray and Land Between the Lakes to help decrease the amount of energy being used at a public facility.” The grant one of twenty across the United States is the only one funded in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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