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Monday, May 3, 2010 - 3:38pm

Atlanta Arts Building In National Contest to Save Energy

The building that is home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is in a national competition to save energy. It's the first contest of its kind put on the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA officials say 17 percent of greenhouse gases come from commercial buildings, and they waste thirty percent of their energy.

The EPA wants to show others how to go greener through a friendly competition.

The Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta is one of 14 selected buildings from a pool of hundreds who applied.

"We have retrofitted all our lights to be energy efficient," says spokesperson for the Woodruff Arts Center Kathleen Covington. "They’re all on timers and go off in a certain time. What we hope to is inspire people to help us participate in the competition."

Covington says her coworkers have started to do things like unplug their computers at the end of the day and they're considering eliminating plastic at food kiosks.

The EPA will monitor the building’s energy consumption through August.

There’s no real prize for the winner, says Covington except the recognition they’re doing a good thing for the environment.

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