Illinois’ Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 recently partnered with Energy Education to help decrease its energy use and utility costs. The company implemented the school district’s Transformational Energy Management process, an environmental stewardship program that assists in reducing energy consumption. Due to its consistent diligence regarding energy cutbacks, the Environmental Protection Agency recognized Energy Education with a 2011 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence. This isn’t the first time the organization has been recognized by the EPA, however; this follows its receipt of the 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award.
District 205 is also a winner here, having reported an average of 20 to 30 percent in annual energy consumption reduction, an ability to redirect saved dollars into other important initiatives, a reduced carbon footprint and an overall awareness of how everyone can individually and collectively make a difference.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that encourages people to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. In 2010 alone, it helped Americans save nearly $18 million on their utility bills, as well as avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 33 million cars.