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Take Charge Challenge focuses on water, energy conservation

9/11/2013

Special to the HDN

Local businesses and schools have teamed to participate in the Take Charge Challenge, sponsored by the Climate + Energy Project, which began Aug. 1 and continues through Jan. 31.

The Take Charge Challenge competition encourages businesses and schools to inventory electrical and water using devices, conduct an audit to see where improvements can be made, and implement new energy and water saving devices. The TCC leadership team will provide guidance, help and encouragement throughout the process. Ultimately, the goal of the TCC is to raise awareness of energy and water conservation in the business and school setting which translates into dollars saved by those entities, changes daily habits and helps preserve or prolong the life of our natural resources.

Local businesses participating as of early September include Northwestern Printers, Midwest Energy, Hays Medical Center, Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior-Senior High School, Nex-Tech, Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development, Hadley Center, Cross Manufacturing, Holy Family Elementary, Eagle Communications, Ellis County and Master Cleaners.

Businesses interested in participating should call Sandy Beisner at (785) 650-2577.

The Take Charge Challenge is a nationally recognized energy competition designed to help participants impact energy efficiency through education, engagement, implementation, and results. Hays businesses and schools will compete against Hutchinson; Kansas City, Kan.; and Warrensburg, Mo., for the $10,000 grand prize, which would be used toward an energy or water conservation project in the Hays community.