The U.S. Green Building Council and Sen. Hillary Clinton are offering school districts tips on saving energy.

The U.S. Green Building Council and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) have joined to present a series of Internet-based broadcasts to offer ways to reduce energy use in America’s schools.

“As New Yorkers head into winter, sky-high energy costs and the fallout from our country’s current economic crisis will stretch our school budgets thin, and it is important to take steps now to improve the energy efficiency of our schools so that we can conserve our natural and financial resources,” Clinton said. “I am proud to be working with the U.S. Green Building Council and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to offer our New York schools this educational series that outlines simple steps to help make our schools greener and more efficient. In conserving energy, we’re not only helping the environment, we’re saving extra dollars that can go toward additional resources to enrich our children’s education.”

The series is also sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The first Webinar, “Top 10 No-Cost Ways to Lower Your School’s Utility Bills,” is scheduled for 1 p.m. Eastern time Thursday. Others in the series are scheduled to be shown Dec. 3 and Jan. 21.

“We are grateful to Senator Clinton for her leadership on this important and very real challenge, said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO, president and founding chairman of the USGBC. “While we can’t control the price of energy, we can take incremental, proactive steps to improve the energy efficiency of our school buildings, saving money on utility bills so we don’t have to cut important educational programs and services just to keep the lights on.”

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