WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) honored the Oregon City School District, located in Lucas County, by inserting a statement about the district’s environmental work into the official Congressional Record. In Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Brown met with approximately 160 Oregon City School District students and teachers, as well as Tom Susor, City of Oregon Council President. The school district recently partnered with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to transition away from traditional electricity to wind and solar power.
“Oregon City School District administrators, teachers, parents – and especially students – are working to improve our environment. I am proud that Ohio is home to schools that are taking steps to protect our environment for current and future generations,” Brown said. “Schools that work to reduce environment-related health issues are doing their part to provide students with an environment where learning is the primary focus.”
Oregon City Schools set up wind turbines at Clay High School and Eisenhower Middle School and installed solar panels on the roofs of Jerusalem and Starr Elementary Schools. In just 10 days in October, Clay Campus’s wind turbine, Power Wind 56, produced 149 percent of campus energy needs. All computers, all lights, all kitchen activity, and fans on Clay Campus are now wind-powered. Besides saving on energy costs, as of March 21, the school district is producing 800 fewer tons of carbon dioxide, meaning less acid rain-causing sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide is going into the air.