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DCTC recognized for green efforts

Dakota County Technical College was one of five Minnesota schools or school districts recognized Monday -- Earth Day -- for work done to increase energy efficiency.

According to Johnson Controls, a manufacturer of products to increase energy efficiency, the recognized schools and districts saved the carbon equivalent of 4,197 acres of forest through energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at their facilities.

"Students and teachers across Minnesota are celebrating Earth Day and learning about important ways to protect the environment. Today we celebrate schools that practice what they teach each and every day," said Chris Schulken, regional vice president and general manager of Johnson Controls Building Efficiency. "Earth Day is the perfect time to recognize these commitments to sustainability and remind others that building efficiency creates a better environmental and fiscal future for Minnesota."

According to Johnson Controls, DCTC cut out 790 metric tons of carbon emissions through projects with the company, saving the equivalent of 648 forest acres.  

The champions earned a spot on the list by making their facilities more efficient using a variety of measures, including: utilizing building management systems to optimize energy and operational efficiency, installing renewable energy technology, using more efficient lighting, and updating heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.