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Columbia Schools going green

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BURBANK, Wash.—After Columbia School District's middle school heating system stopped functioning properly, they're looking to go green.  With the help of a recent $563,000 grant, they're going to do more than just replace boilers. 

Superintendent, Lou Gates, says they are looking to change fluorescent lights to energy saving bulbs, add computer software that will put computers in sleep mode when not in use, and possibly use natural heat through a geothermal system and solar panels.  Those are just a few of the possibilities.  Right now, they are still in the planning stages.

Gates says going eco-friendly will save 40% or $125,000 per year.  They plan to finalize plans in February and complete the projects by summer 2011.

"If we can save energy and become greener as a school district I think we're sending out the right message," says Gates.