Tonawanda News — “The carbon footprint of our district will be reduced by 45 tons, and the footprint of the county will be reduced by 795 tons,” one student explained.
Another student said that the amount of energy saved in the district over one year is the equivalent of turning off 1,295,274 light bulbs for 24 hours. In the county, the equivalent is $22,830,829 light bulbs.
Powering down the computers is also comparable to saving 2,608 trees in Ken-Ton and the removal of 274 passenger cars.
The students who took part thanked the legislators on hand, including State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan and representatives from State Sen. Mark Grisanti’s office, for their attempts to save operational costs and put money back in the classrooms. Those legislators received small planted trees that served as the backdrop for the event.
In turn, Schimminger thanked the students for their involvement.
“We are most impressed with you,” he told them. “All of you have furthered your goals by working hard on this project and others, and there are students like you across the 29 districts in the county who will benefit from this grant.”Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150