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.