ATA receives grant to reduce energy use

DEARBORN – Advanced Technology Academy received a $5,000 matching grant from Energy Works Michigan to improve energy efficiency at the school.

After investigation of energy use, ATA developed a plan to save money and reduce its energy use through implementing conservation measures that include installing high efficiency lighting ballasts, reducing vending machine energy use and reconfiguring an existing steam boiler. In addition ATA will use a utility tracking service to measure its energy usage.

“ATA has been committed to reducing its energy consumption for several years,” ATA Board President Richard Schneider said. “In 2009 ATA was recognized as an Evergreen school by the Michigan Green Schools program. This grant affirms ATA’s ongoing commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.”

Barry Hawthorne, executive director and chief administrative officer said, “We are very excited to have been selected to participate in the Energy Works Michigan program. The energy audit helped us concentrate our efforts to save money through reduced energy use. It’s a real incentive for making cost-saving energy improvements.”

ATA, a kindergarten-through-12th-grade charter school, is at 4801 Oakman Blvd.