Nine District Buildings Earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR for Superior Energy Efficiency

Nine district buildings: Green Bay East High School, Southwest High School, Preble High School, West High School, Lombardi Middle School, Kennedy Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, King Elementary School, and Red Smith School, all have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPS’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. Buildings can receive the designation for performing in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide. Six district buildings (East, West, Southwest, Preble, Lombardi, and Red Smith) were rated for performing in the top five percent, and the remaining three (Kennedy, King, and Lincoln) rate in the top 88 percent of ENERGY STAR buildings in the nation.

District staff has worked hard toward energy conservation. In order to earn this award, schools must give information and details about the technologies being used, have an energy management program, and create employee awareness. Saving energy in these schools helps not only the environment, but saves taxpayers money.

  • The district has saved $5.6 million in energy costs over the past six years.
  • The district’s effort has saved more than 95 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over the past six years.
  • It costs about 54 percent (approximately $321,771) less to operate a high school each year than if the building’s ENERGY STAR energy performance rating were at the national average of 50.
  • The carbon dioxide emissions prevented at each school, each year, are equivalent to the energy required to power 226 homes or drive 455 cars.
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