Local Wildlife Refuge Wins National Environmental Award

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Leading by example. The Ohio River Islands Wildlife Refuge is working to reduce their carbon footprint and wins an award for doing so.

The Williamstown refuge received the "facility environmental leadership award." They completed a project to reestablish the Buckley Island Shoreline.

They also made some major changes to the building to create a green space. In 2012, they used 16 percent less energy than the year before.

"Solar panels. That accounts for 10 or 15 percent of our energy use so that's keeping a smaller footprint. We try to use fuel efficient vehicles. We have hybrids that we drive. We also have recently established a T-5 fluorescent lighting system in all of our buildings that uses a lot less energy," says refuge manager, Glenn Klinger.

The awards are given by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. The Ohio River Islands Refuge received the honor out of 15 states. To find out more about the refuge, click on the hot button.

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