Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Eau Claire School District is setting ambitious goals to reduce its carbon footprint.
On Monday night the school board will review a resolution calling for the district to achieve carbon neutrality and renewable energy independence by 2050.
Carbon neutrality means taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero, and then off-setting an equivalent amount of any remaining emissions.
School district officials say they’ve already started doing this by installing LED lights, high-efficiency chillers, and sustainable windows that improve insulation.
“We need to be responsible also, modeling for our students on how to take care of the environment with how to use limited resources. In that way we can live better lives,” said Eric Torres, Eau Claire School Board President.
The district was declared a Green Certified District in 2014. Since then, they say they’ve saved up to $500,000 per year in energy costs.
The Eau Claire City Council and County Board have already adopted similar policies.