Delano Public Schools once again has joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) list of Energy Star Leaders in 2012.
“Energy Star Leaders are an elite group of organizations that have improved energy efficiency across entire portfolios of commercial buildings,” said Superintendent of Schools Matt Schoen.
Delano Public Schools have demonstrated environmental leadership by achieving a portfolio average energy performance score of 92 and significantly reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent in 2012.
To be eligible for Energy Star Leaders recognition, organizations are required to track and submit energy performance data for all buildings and fuel sources through the EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager.
Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. With help from EPA’s Energy Star program, thousands of businesses and organizations are improving the energy efficiency of the places where people work, play and learn.
“By involvement in this program, Delano Public Schools is doing its share of saving dollars and preventing greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere each year,” Superintendent Schoen said.
It is because of this energy saving program run through Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE), that Delano Public Schools was able to achieve this rating. SEE provides a comprehensive program for K-12 schools to save energy and money by changing behavior throughout the district. SEE also provides a systemized plan, training, educational energy awareness materials, and utility tracking for immediate and sustainable savings.
For information on this program, go to www.energystar.gov/LEADERS. For individual information on Delano Public Schools energy savings, go to www.delano.k12.mn, mouse over district and click on SEE.