October 15, 2009

SCR-I District Receives Energy Star Award

The Scotland County R-I School District has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection. Commercial buildings and industrial plants that rate in the top 25 percent of facilities in the nation for energy efficiency may qualify for the ENERGY STAR.

“The Scotland County R-I School District is pleased to accept the EPA’s ENERGY STAR in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Superintendent Dave Shalley. “Through this achievement we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 40 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The Scotland County School District improved their energy performance by making cost-effective improvements at the high school with Control Technology and Solutions (CTS) of St. Louis, Missouri. The District has saved over $46,000 in annual energy bills and prevented greenhouse gas emission equal to the electricity use from 38 households for a year.

“Whether you are running a grocery store, a school, or an office building, getting the most out of your energy dollars – while reducing your carbon footprint – just makes sense,” said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson.

The road to receiving the ENERGY STAR began in 2007 when the Scotland County School District partnered with CTS to begin the engineering design and installation of a geothermal ground source heat pump system and other energy efficient retrofits at the District. The energy saving features of the project included:

Design and installation of the new geothermal heating and cooling system

Temperature control building automation system

Energy efficient lighting retrofits

Electrical system modifications

EPA’s national energy performance rating system provides a 1-100 scale that helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a rating of 75 percent or higher is eligible for the ENERGY STAR award.

Commercial Buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, financial centers, retailers, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories and warehouses.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 50 different kinds of products, new homes and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. In 2006, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved about $16 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 27 million vehicles.

“School districts and colleges are increasingly looking for energy-saving solutions,” said Bob Bennett, Managing Partner of CTS. “By working together with partners like Scotland County School District, CTS is able to develop tailored programs that meet their operating goals while helping protect the environment.”

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