Carmel Clay Schools Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR For Superior Energy Efficiency
October 20th, 2010Carmel High School, College Wood, Mohawk Trails, Prairie Trace, Smoky Row, Towne Meadow, and West Clay Elementary schools have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This award signifies that the building performs in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. All seven schools will be recognized at the October 25 school board meeting for this accomplishment.

"Energy conservation is a priority for all Carmel Clay Schools,” Dr. Jeff Swensson, Superintendent Carmel Clay Schools said. “We are proud that these schools’ efforts are being acknowledged with this award.”

Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35% less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 % less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Carmel Clay Schools improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings. Carmel Clay Schools has prevented CO2 gas emissions equal to the electricity use from 835 households for a year.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR.”

EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. Fanning Howey Associates, as part of a community service project, assisted Carmel Clay Schools in certifying the ENERGY STAR Award application.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Buildings that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale is eligible for the ENERGY STAR.

Source: Carmel Clay Schools