City schools celebrated Earth Day by cutting their carbon footprint.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott congratulated the top 10 schools in last year's Green Cup Challenge in Lower Manhattan on Monday.
Between November 5 and December 3, 182 school buildings competed to reduce that month's electricity consumption.
The top 10 schools reduced their energy consumption on average by 35 percent.
"That's what we're looking forward to, doing more things like this, more sufficient energy, helping turn out the lights, farming, recycling," said Ruben Suazo, an LPS High School representative. "And as time passes, we, the student government of the school, we want to progress, we want to continue doing this because it's beneficial and we like doing it."
"Today was a special day for my school, LPS, Leadership and Public Service," said Emnannuel Deiys, another LPS High School representative. "My school, I feel proud of my school."
The 10 schools received a combined $185,000 in grants from the DOE and the Department of Citywide Administrative Services.