EPA National Building Contest starts at Coal Ridge High School
Over the loud speakers, the countdown began.
Several Coal Ridge High School students donned in self-painted camouflage t-shirts and deemed the Green Ninjas raced through the halls to see who could get to the light switch first.
And just as swiftly, they were lunging for the plug connected to the printer in the counselor’s office.
Three, two, one! Operation Shutdown has commenced.
The building was dimly lit. Classroom lights were out, unnecessary appliances were unplugged, and students calmly made their way to the Coal Ridge gymnasium. From 10 to 11 a.m., the building was operating on minimal power with telephones, essential electrical devices and life-safety systems still completely operational. While in the gym, students were told that Coal Ridge High School was one of just 245 contestants nation-wide in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star National Building Competition.