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Cambridge City Schools Green Team Closes Out Busy Year of Educational Activities

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- The Cambridge City Schools Green Team, a student group focused on sustainability that is sponsored by Energy Optimizers, USA, made tremendous progress on advancing energy-related education during the school year.

The Green Team is a component of the district's partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA, to improve energy efficiency by upgrading the lighting, building controls and air filtration systems at all seven of its buildings. As part of the project, Energy Optimizers, USA, assisted the district with creating its Green Team to engage students, staff and the community in developing, promoting and implementing numerous energy savings and sustainability programs throughout the district.

"Our Green Team has been exceptionally busy this year with not just learning about basic energy principles and energy conservation, but also with sharing their knowledge with other students throughout the district," said Angee Hannon, 6th grade teacher at Cambridge Middle School. "The programming is helping all of our students connect what they learn in the classroom with applications in the real world and providing them with the means to think more broadly about career options that are available to them."

In addition to meeting daily during the 2015-2016 school year, the Green Team led numerous projects throughout the district. The team designed, developed and demonstrated an Energy Bike for use in science classes; recorded and shared digital media messages with the school body; led an Energy Round Up activity for all science classes; participated in a snap circuits activity and an energy relay activity; and studied energy and lighting. In addition, the students presented to the Cambridge City Schools Board of Education in April and took a tour of the Cambridge Middle School mechanical rooms. A Watts Up activity challenged students to determine the wattage of common household appliances, and students calculated the energy and cost savings from replacing the lighting systems at their school.

"We closed out the year with big plans for next school year," noted Angee Hannon. "We plan to build on our accomplishments and strengthen leadership and learning opportunities for our Green Team members."

About Energy Optimizers, USA:
Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. The company is ranked in the Top 500 of INC. Magazine's list of 5,000 fastest growing companies in the U.S. (2014), was named the Fastest Growing Company in the region for two consecutive years by the Dayton Business Journal (2013, 2014), and was named a BBB Eclipse Integrity Award Finalist (2012).

To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptusa.com or call them at (937) 877-1919.

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Oak Hills Local Schools Green Team lays the groundwork for zero-waste cafeterias

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- Oak Hills Local Schools will start off the 2016-2017 school year with zero-waste tables in all of its cafeterias, thanks in part to the groundwork laid by the district's Green Team, a student-led conservation and sustainability group sponsored by Energy Optimizers, USA.

The zero-waste tables will help each building minimize how much trash goes to the landfill by enabling students and staff to separate their waste into compost, recyclables and trash. The idea originated with Oak Hills teachers Debbie Stallo and Michele Taylor, who also help guide the district's Green Team.

"Throughout the year, our Green Team has really helped our district focus its efforts related to energy conservation and sustainability practices into educational opportunities for the entire student body," said Todd Yohey. "The students on our Green Team have not only learned volumes about energy conservation and sustainability principles, they have shared their knowledge with others while developing resume-building leadership skills."

The Green Team is a component of the district's $4 million energy enhancement project with Energy Optimizers, USA. The project will improve the comfort, control and reliability of the district's HVAC and lighting systems while significantly reducing operational costs. As part of the project, Energy Optimizers, USA, sponsored the development of the Green Team to engage students, staff and the community in developing, promoting and implementing numerous energy savings and sustainability programs throughout the district.

The addition of the zero-waste tables capped off an active year for the Green Team.

Last June, Taylor accompanied four middle school girls to Columbus to participate in the AEGIS Energy Bike program, during which the girls built and learned how to use an energy demonstration bike. Also in June, Stallo participated in the three-day Ohio Energy Project Energy Sources Tour, where she toured AEP corporate offices, a school with solar panels, a wind turbine, a coal-fired power plant and the Ohio State energy-related research facilities.

In October, a group of Green Team students participated in the Ohio Energy Project Leadership Summit. The leadership summit is designed to teach energy-related activities to students so they can return to their home districts and share those activities with classes and groups.

And in May, the Green Team placed 10th overall out of 100 competitors at the Caring for Our Watershed competition at the Cincinnati Zoo.

"We are proud of our students and thankful for the opportunities made available to us through the creation of our Green Team," said Todd Yohey.

About Energy Optimizers, USA:

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. The company is ranked in the Top 500 of INC. Magazine's list of 5,000 fastest growing companies in the U.S. (2014), was named the Fastest Growing Company in the region for two consecutive years by the Dayton Business Journal (2013, 2014), and was named a BBB Eclipse Integrity Award Finalist (2012).

To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptusa.com or call them at (937) 877-1919.

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Partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA, expected to net $88K savings annually for Ripley Union Lewis Huntington Local Schools

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- Ripley Union Lewis Huntington Local Schools has partnered with Energy Optimizers, USA, to improve the district's energy efficiency performance for an expected guaranteed savings of nearly $88,000 annually.

The $883,000 project includes energy savings enhancements at the elementary, middle and high school buildings. Upgrades to existing building automation systems and advanced energy management programming will be key components to the project. Numerous lighting upgrades to both the interior and exterior of each facility will significantly reduce the electrical load district-wide. Funding is provided through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission's House Bill 264 program, enabling the district to make these cost-cutting improvements at no expense to taxpayers. The project is expected to begin soon and be completed in September 2016.

"We will replace outdated, inefficient systems with state-of-the-art energy efficient technology for a significant savings to our taxpayers," said Treasurer Jeff Rowley. "We will not need to request money from our community to fund this project, and the savings will pay back project costs in less than 10 years."

"Of even greater importance, our students will benefit from better lighting and an improved, more comfortable learning environment. We will also be able to reduce the amount of tax dollars that we spend on utility bills and related maintenance costs over the long term," added Superintendent Linda Naylor.

In total, Energy Optimizers, USA will:
* Replace interior and exterior lighting with LED lights
* Upgrade the district's building automation system with advanced energy conservation technology
* Implement building envelope sealing and weatherization
* Install energy-saving features in the kitchen
* Install a 1kW educational solar array at Ripley High School.

"This project is an investment in the community and the future," said Greg Smith, Energy Optimizers, USA, president and CEO. "The district is taking greater control over its budget in relation to utility and maintenance costs, and taxpayers benefit by knowing more dollars will go where they count-into the classroom."

This project has come to the attention of the Ohio Legislature.
"It is important that we do whatever we are able to in order to help preserve our state's natural resources," said State Senator Joe Uecker. "The partnership between Ripley Union Lewis Huntington Local Schools and Energy Optimizers, USA, is a great step in helping ensure that we are protecting these resources while giving back and improving the community for our future generations."

About Energy Optimizers, USA:
Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. The company is ranked in the Top 500 of INC. Magazine's list of 5,000 fastest growing companies in the U.S. (2014), was named the Fastest Growing Company in the region for two consecutive years by the Dayton Business Journal (2013, 2014), and was named a BBB Eclipse Integrity Award Finalist (2012).

To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptusa.com or call them at (937) 877-1919.

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Enjoying Your Green Spaces Safely This Summer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Enjoying the great outdoors is one of the many things summer offers, says Project EverGreen. Whether it is hiking or camping at a state or national park, going to your community park for a picnic or simply having fun in your own backyard, enjoying green spaces is a summer ritual.

While you are enjoying the feeling of lush grass between your toes or the aromatic smell of a flowering plant, you should be mindful of several threats that can loom in green spaces including mosquitoes, stinging insects, and fleas and ticks.

"When used as directed, insect control products and fertilizers work to keep your lawn and landscape healthy and strong," says Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. "A healthy yard can more effectively reduce quantities or populations of mosquitoes, ticks and stinging insects."

Mosquitoes:

There has been significant media coverage this spring regarding the Zika virus. While there have been no confirmed transmissions of the disease in the United States, it does bring to the forefront the threat of mosquito-borne diseases including West Nile virus, chikungunya and dengue fever.

How do you protect your and your family from mosquitoes this summer? Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following tips to avoid mosquito bites:
* Use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin or IR3535. Some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provides long-lasting protection.
* If you use both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first and then the repellent.
* Do not spray insect repellent on the skin under your clothing; treat clothing with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated clothing.
* When weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
* Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours and use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.
* Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.
Stinging Insects:

While some stinging insects are beneficial to our environment, others pose a threat to people as they are enjoying the great outdoors. According to research from the National Pest Management Association, stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year due to allergic reactions.

Stinging insects call a variety of locations in and around a structure home. They can live in trees, bushes, the ground, attics, crawlspaces, gutters, building overhangs, and decks.

* Remove food and water sources from your yard; trim bushes and trees where stinging insects like to nest.
* Inspect the exterior of your home or office, looking closely at the eaves, and seal cracks and crevices to keep stinging insects out.
* Properly seal all garbage cans - stinging insects are attracted to the sugars and residues in leftover food.
* Keep food covered when you are putting out your summer spread.
* When gardening, wear neutral earth tones, nothing bright or floral, and avoid wearing scented creams or perfume.
* At that backyard cookout, keep an eye on your drink. Stinging insects are attracted to sugary contents soft drinks and beer, and drinking a mouthful of bee or wasp is not pleasant.
If you come across a nest, proceed with caution and do not attempt to remove the nest yourself. Stinging insects are not to be taken lightly and can be very aggressive, the Africanized honey bee in particular, when disturbed. Call your local pest management professional to safely remove the nest.

Fleas & Ticks:

With the return of warm weather, everyone wants to spend more time outdoors-including household pets such as dogs and cats. Like people, pets are also at risk for the serious health complications that can arise from tick and flea bites.

Good landscape management practices by homeowners including clearing leaf litter, keeping grass cut or creating woodchip/stone barriers between lawns and adjacent woodlands that are inhabited by wildlife will be helpful in keeping ticks in check.

Fleas can become a problem and huge nuisance when humans or pets bring them inside the home since once inside, they can easily reproduce in bedding, carpets or furniture. Here are several tips to protect your pets and family from ticks and fleas this summer:

* Check pets frequently for ticks and fleas - be aware of excessive scratching and licking.
* Avoid walking dogs in tall grass, where fleas and ticks often hide.
* Bathe pets after walks or playtime with other animals.
* Frequently wash pet bedding, collars and plush toys.
* Wash bed linens and vacuum carpets, floors and furniture frequently.
* For on-animal prevention and treatment options, please consult with your veterinarian. We love cats and dogs, but we don't treat them.

About Project EverGreen:

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Project EverGreen (ProjectEverGreen.org) is a national non-profit organization committed to promoting the positive effects managed green spaces, including lawns and landscapes, athletic and recreational turf, and trees and parks have on the physical, mental and economic well-being of communities across the United States. Project EverGreen's initiatives include GreenCare for Troops,(TM) SnowCare for Troops(TM) and "Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids."(TM)

Learn more at: http://projectevergreen.org/.

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Bash Foo Launches New Digital Marketing Agency Website

DAYTON, Ohio -- Bash Foo is a digital marketing agency that regularly launches websites and digital marketing strategies and campaigns for a national client base of small to medium sized businesses. Bash Foo recently launched its own new website (bashfoo.com) showcasing best practices in web design, development, SEO and inbound marketing.

As a rapidly growing digital agency with service offerings that target B2B, B2C, small business as well as non-profits, Bash Foo demanded a site that clearly conveyed its full capabilities, relevant case studies and work examples and that would do a better job engaging site visitors through best practices and unique design elements.

The redesign and launch of Bash Foo's new website involved the company's marketing team, graphic design department, senior front-end developer, search optimization team and had oversight from the company's President, Mike McDermott. New features of the site include:
* Fully responsive design
* Sub 2 second page load times
* Custom iconography and web graphics to showcase the company, its culture and clients
* Blog migration with a continued dedication to authoring amazing articles on digital marketing subjects
* Integration with Bash Foo's CRM, maximizing customer experience
* Fully optimized for SEO.

"When it came to the Bash Foo website, it's always been our last concern, preferring to invest our time in our client's projects. But having a team that was dedicated to this particular redesign made it an important and enjoyable success as our company is growing and actively seeking out client partners to join us in our success," says Bash Foo Founder and President, Mike McDermott. "Over the past 17 years, we have found some commonalities in our most successful clients. They all benefitted from our complete inbound digital marketing approach."

Check out Bash Foo's new website today at http://bashfoo.com

About Bash Foo:
Bash Foo is your Creative Brand Provocateur(tm), dedicated to building your online reputation through search engine optimization, digital marketing, and creative web design.

While tucked in the heart of a small Midwestern town (Tipp City, Ohio), Bash Foo is catalyzed by a development and marketing team that truly spans the globe. Pooling the best WordPress development and inbound agency talent, Bash Foo is home to some of the sharpest marketing and media minds.

Bash Foo wants to be a useful tool in your arsenal of awesome. Contact them today to find out how to engage.

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