On May 2nd 2011, Coal Ridge High School, Garfield Re2 School District, officially launched into the EPA 2nd Annual National Building Competition with full support from our entire district. Inspired by the Carbondale Middle School students and the performance of Crystal River Elementary School, Coal Ridge decided to use its position in the National Competition to demonstrate to their entire community that everyone has the power to save energy.
Together, the district’s Green Team and Coal Ridge’s student leadership class designed and implemented an initiative called Operation Shutdown. This ignited energy conservation throughout their business community in support of Coal Ridge winning the 2012 NBC contest. This local Kroger grocery store was proud to engage with the students to reduce energy waste where ever possible.