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Energy Star Recognitions

Energy Star Certificate

Annually, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Energy (DOE) recognize buildings and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency.  In the spring of 2014, District 211 received notification that Conant High School, Palatine High School, and Schaumburg High School each earned the EPA’s Energy Star building recognition, followed by Fremd High School receiving the same recognition in the fall.  For three years in a row, District 211 schools have continued to be recognized with this outstanding award.  Conant, Fremd, Palatine, and Schaumburg High Schools represent four of only five schools in the entire state of Illinois to achieve the Energy Star building status for 2014, while nationally, District 211 represents four of just 596 schools to achieve this award this year.

Energy Star has created a rating system for all types of commercial and institutional buildings, including K-12 schools.  Within these categories, District 211 benchmarked its energy use relative to the national population of similar buildings.  In the Energy Star application, this benchmark is call a national energy performance rating and is expressed on a scale of 1 to 100.  To be eligible for an energy performance rating, buildings must meet criteria by building designation, operating characteristics, and energy data.  To receive Energy Star recognition, an individual building must receive a score of 75 or higher.  The average performance level of all five District 211 schools together attained a score of 77 on the scale.  Using data from monthly electric and natural gas bills and the EPA’s energy performance rating system, a baseline for each building was established and then tracked for performance.

These awards acknowledge the District 211 staff’s commitment and dedication to protecting the environment through continuous improvement in energy efficiency.  This is District 211’s 10th year of monitored energy conservation efforts, having saved $11.4 million since 2003-2004.  For the 2013-2014 school year, natural gas use was down 7% District-wide, compared to the first year of District energy conservation in 2003-2004, despite larger buildings, additional District facilities, and record temperatures last winter.  During this same time span, the District’s electricity usage is down 29%.

 

 

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