DeKalb County Central United School District announced today the district has achieved the nation’s second 50 Percent ENERGY STAR® Leader designation by the federal government’s ENERGY STAR Program after partnering with Energy Education Inc. This prestigious recognition is presented to the most energy efficient organizations in the country. DeKalb County Central United School District was recognized because it has accomplished significant energy efficiency improvements district-wide and ranked in the top 25 percent of school districts for energy conservation savings.
“We are extremely pleased to receive this unprecedented recognition from ENERGY STAR,” said DeKalb Central Superintendent Sherry Grate. “Our energy-conservation efforts are saving taxpayer dollars while also helping protect our local environment. Since we began partnering with the conservation experts at Energy Education Inc. on a serious energy conservation program, we have saved more than $4.6 million, and the environmental impact is equal to taking 6,044 cars off the street or planting 810,462 trees in our community. We are proud that our energy-saving success is being recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency.”
Carolyn Bury, ENERGY STAR Program Manager in Chicago, presented the district with the National ENERGY STAR Leader Award. “As an ENERGY STAR Leader, DeKalb County Central United School District is part of an elite group of organizations that have improved energy efficiency across all of the buildings within the organizations,” Bury said. “The fact that each building in the district has an ENERGY STAR rating is a remarkable achievement. Not only is the district an ENERGY STAR Leader, they are only the second organization in the nation to achieve an energy use reduction of 50 percent across the entire organization!”
To combat rising energy and utility costs, the district entered into a partnership with Energy Education to implement a comprehensive people-driven energy conservation program throughout all its buildings and campuses. Energy Education Inc. guarantees the conservation program will save taxpayer dollars. While the school district’s contract with Energy Education has ended, the company still provides energy consulting services free of charge.
“Each of us can make a difference through energy conservation,” said Superintendent Grate. “Ed Benbow, our Energy Education Specialist, leads our school community in a daily effort to improve the environment and save money district-wide, which in turn permits current funds to be utilized elsewhere. Many changes, both large and small have been implemented to realize energy savings without affecting our comfort or educational goals. In the process, we have all gained a sense of accomplishment from EPA’s recognition.”
ENERGY STAR Leaders manage energy strategically across an entire portfolio of buildings using EPA’s standardized measurement tool for tracking building energy use. These select organizations are recognized by EPA for improving the energy performance of their portfolio by ten percent or more. The highest leaders recognition identifies those organizations with portfolios that perform in the top 25 percent of energy efficiency nationwide based upon the average of the buildings in the portfolio.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, new homes and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles. Learn more at energystar.gov/leaders
Energy Education’s innovative Transformational Energy Management™ process trains client personnel to implement behavioral and organizational change that substantially reduces energy consumption without the purchase of new equipment. The program is funded solely and rapidly by the savings it generates, allowing clients to redirect saved energy dollars to other priorities. In 25 years, Energy Education has worked with more than 1,100 educational and ministry organizations, helping clients save over $2.2 billion in utility costs. Energy Education Inc. was named 2009 & 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
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