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White House Environmental Chief Tours Bayless High School

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AFFTON, Mo. –  Nancy Sutley, President Obama’s principal environmental advisor and Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, was in Affton Monday to tour Bayless High School.

She toured the school with officials from the Bayless School District and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

Bayless superintendent Maureen E. Clancy-May says the high school was chosen because it’s been recognized as an Energy Star certified school that’s using more efficient technology to lower energy bills.

“I’m very excited about (Sutley’s) visit today,” Clancy-May told KMOX News. “It came to pass because back in 2008 our community supported us with a no-tax increase bond issue to do some improvements in our schools to make our classrooms a better learning environment.”

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11/14/11-Bayless High School principal S. Patrick McEvoy welcomes White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley to the school Monday morning. To the left is Bayless Schools superintendent Maureen E. Clancy-May. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

Using money raised through the bond issue, the school was able to install a high-efficiency heating and cooling system that costs less to operate than the old one and reaches 60% more of the school.

Lighting upgrades and retrofits were also an element of the improved energy efficiencies.

The new system provides 100% heating and cooling while meeting current ventilation codes and increases lighting levels building-wide.

For example, the illumination levels in all classrooms were increased from an average of 35 foot-candles to the recommended 50 foot-candles.

White House Environmental Quality chair Nancy Sutley said Bayless HS can be held up as a national model for other schools looking to increase efficiency
while lowering energy costs.

“There are smart, practical things school districts can do to save money,” Sutley said, “to take money that they’re spending on energy bills and putting it back into the classrooms.”

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