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8 GISD campuses recognized with Energy Star Certification

GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – Georgetown ISD has announced that eight campuses have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance. Those campuses include: Carver, Ford, Frost, Village, McCoy and Mitchell elementary schools, East View High School and the Georgetown Alternative Program campus.

In order for a building to be certified, it must have a current ENERGY STAR rating between 75 and 100. Ratings must be verified annually by licensed professionals reviewed by the EPA.  This is the first year the district has pursued certification.

“Georgetown ISD demonstrates true environmental leadership by reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions that are proven to contribute to climate change,” stated Jean Lupinacci, ENERGY STAR Director for Commercial & Industrial Buildings. “Today, 45 percent of U.S. emissions are attributable to commercial and industrial buildings, which is why improving energy efficiency is so critical for our future.”

ENERGY STAR certified buildings are verified to perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy, hours of operation, and other key metrics. ENERGY STAR is the only energy efficiency certification in the United States that is based on actual, verified energy performance.

“We’re honored to earn the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance and appreciate the efforts of everyone who has been involved in its efficient operation,” Leanne Day, the district’s energy manager said. “Saving energy is just one of the ways we show our community we care, and that we’re committed to doing our part to protect the environment and public health, both today and for future generations.”

Day credits this success to a variety of energy saving efforts. Maintenance crews seal windows and routinely adjust HVAC settings for optimal performance.  Teachers and staff are encouraged to power down equipment nightly; dedicated energy coordinators at each campus work to keep awareness top of mind; LED light bulbs have replaced incandescent bulbs throughout the district through a partnership with the City of Georgetown, where the City will swap out light bulbs for free.

In fact, being green and conserving energy in Georgetown makes sense. It’s one of the few cities in the U.S. to offer 100% renewable energy sources for its utility customers.  Georgetown ISD powers most of its buildings through the Georgetown Utility System.

On average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings use 35 percent less energy, cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers—all without sacrifices in performance or comfort.

For more information on energy conservation efforts in Georgetown ISD, visit www.georgetownisd.org/energy.