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.
In 2004, Illinois’ Township High School District 211 entered into a partnership with Energy Education, and it looks like the schools’ efforts have paid off. Two of the district’s high schools, William Fremd and James B. Conant, have earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star certification. Since the certification program began in 1999, only 79 Illinois programs have been honored with the award, with just 12 of them being high schools. The national energy performance rating is expressed on a scale of 1 to 100, and to receive the Energy Star award, an individual building must receive a store of 75 or higher. William Fremd and James B. Conant received performance scores of 81 and 95, respectively.
“We’re extremely pleased to have Fremd and Conant High Schools receive this special national recognition,” said the district’s Superintendent Nancy Robb. “Through the energy conservation efforts of our staff, not only at both of these schools, but district-wide, we’re saving taxpayer dollars while also helping protect our local environment.”
Robb continued to say that since beginning the program with Energy Ed, District 211 has reduced energy consumption by nearly 24 percent and saved more than $4.4 million in energy costs. While the agreement ended in 2008, Energy Education has since provided extended training and consultation services at no cost.
A long-standing rivalry between two schools in Newburgh, New York is being put to the test. Temple Hill School and Meadow Hill Global Explorations are competing to see which school can use less energy. The contest is part of the district’s conservation challenge, a program done with Energy Education.
Students and faculty are turning off lights, unplugging computers and being quick to shut freezer and refrigerator doors. Meadow Hill has decided to keep the cafeteria dark in the off hours, and both schools are searching for innovative ways to cut back. Energy Education worked closely with the district on messaging and internal communications, and is receiving terrific feedback. Pitting the schools against each other in a friendly contest was an ideal way to spark enthusiasm and awareness of the energy program.
The competition runs through the end of the month, and the school that saves the most energy will take home a trophy and be awarded with an all-you-can-eat feast.
Successful Conservation Program Honored by United States Environmental Protection Agency
DALLAS, TX , March 1, 2010 – For the second year in a row, Energy Education has received the prestigious ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for Service and Product Provider by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Energy Education is the nation’s leader and pioneer of people-based energy conservation and efficiency.
The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award recognizes organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.
“To receive this award in two consecutive years is a testimony to the commitment by our clients and our organization to energy conservation,” said CEO and Founder Dr. William S. Spears. “Partnering with ENERGY STAR provides us an opportunity to help our clients nationwide receive recognition for their successes in people-based energy conservation.”
Energy Education clients continued to make a positive impact on their finances and their local environment by reducing energy consumption. Throughout 2009, Energy Education received significant ENERGY STAR recognition:
• Over 860 client buildings in the United States received the ENERGY STAR Building Label in 2009
• Loudoun County Public Schools, Ashburn, Virginia, received the 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Buildings and Plants
• 53% of the total K-12 ENERGY STAR Top Performers are Energy Education clients
• Two clients received the 2009 ENERGY STAR Congregation Award
• As of January 2010, 44 of the 70 K-12 school district ENERGY STAR Leader recognitions in 2009 were for Energy Education clients
“Energy Education is leading the way in creating and implementing solutions to climate change through greater energy efficiency,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation. “Energy Education has helped their clients understand how they can help protect our environment while saving energy and money.”
Energy Education’s innovative Transformational Energy Management ™ process trains client personnel to implement behavioral and organizational change that substantially reduces energy consumption without increasing utility budgets or requiring 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 24 years, Energy Education has worked with more than 1,000 educational and ministerial organizations, helping clients save over $2 billion in utility costs.
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ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA) — You’re probably familiar with the Energy Star Program and Energy Education for appliances, but the EPA also has energy star for buildings as well and this can mean big energy savings for local schools.
Sanders Corner Elementary School in Ashburn, Virginia, is among the most energy efficient schools in America, and it got that way mainly through conservation.
“Well the people have to be borderline obsessive, you just can’t let waste occur anywhere in the building”, according to John Lord, Energy Education Specialist with Loudoun County Public Schools.
In order to earn the EPA’s Energy Star Rating , a school must be in the top 25% of energy efficient schools in the nation.
Maria Vargas of the EPA’s Energy Star Program points out, “We can help schools save 30-40 percent on their energy bills. That’s a lot of money when you think that schools spend about 8 billion dollars a year on their energy bills. That’s more than textbooks and computers combined.”
Energy savings in the schools has required a team effort. Everyone from the students to the teachers to the janitorial staff are all aware of the need to make the effort to do the little things like keeping doors closed to save heating and cooling costs, reporting leaky faucets and other problems as they occur.
Common sense also save a lot of energy. Keeping lights off when they’re not needed, playful reminders on light switches, and some smart control devices all make a difference. Computer use in the schools has also exploded, but the energy use has not.
Principal Kathleen Hwang keeps her office lights off as much as possible in order to help the cause. “We think that despite the fact that we’re an old school (built in 1995), we’re still able to do all the human things , we don’t need all the fancy gadgets here”
One of the Loudoun county schools that has earned the Energy Star Award was built in 1929…that just goes to show you how much you can save by changing some habits.
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Energy Star Award 2009
Department Honors Local Company
Wichita Falls Times Record News
, a company that got its start in Wichita Falls, was recently presented with the Energy Star partner of the year award by the United States Department of Energy.
The company was founded by Bill Spears, a former WFISD school board member who first became interested in energy efficiency in the 1980s.
“He has been in business in Wichita Falls for a number of years. Dr. Spears had always had an interest in energy efficiency,” said Jan Noel-Smith, director of Public Relations of Energy Education in Wichita Falls.
Through his years on the school board, Spears helped design a utility-savings program that helped the district decrease utility costs without sacrificing classroom comfort and without buying more expensive utility equipment, Noel-Smith said.
Today, Energy Education has offices in Dallas and Wichita Falls and serves school districts, religious organizations and others nationwide.
The Energy Star Partner of the Year award recognizes organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.
Energy Education trains their clients to implement changes in their organization that substantially reduce energy consumption without the purchase of new equipment. The program is solely funded by the savings it generates.
In 2008, 84 percent of the public education school buildings that achieved Energy Star labels across the United States were Energy Education clients, said Noel-Smith.
“This recognition is shared with our clients, who learned from us and took the training on and encouraged their people to follow the program,” Noel-Smith said.
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