Colo. school vies to be energy waste-busting champ |

Colo. school vies to be energy waste-busting champ

DENVER – An elementary school in the Colorado mountains is taking on a Manhattan office building and others across the country in a national competition to become the biggest energy saver.

Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale, about 170 miles west of Denver, is one of 14 participants the Environmental Protection Agency selected from 200 applicants to try to cut the most energy waste by October.

EPA spokeswoman Maura Beard said Tuesday the agency was looking for diverse buildings. All 14 are already involved with the Energy Star energy-efficiency program.

Crystal River Principal Karen Olson says the goals are to save money, be more green and give students a hands-on learning experience.

Van Holten Primary School in Bridgewater, N.J., is the only other school selected.

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