Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SUWANEE -- A review of Gwinnett County Public Schools recently found that 111 of the district's 117 eligible facilities have been certified for superior energy performance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Using the Energy Star Certification System, the agency rates "top performing" facilities with an energy performance score of 75 or higher. The local district's average score was 86.
With more than 21 million square feet Energy Star certified, GCPS leads the nation for K-12 certified building space, saving $8.4 million annually.
Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said by increasing energy efficiency, the district can "take pride in being a leader instructionally and operationally.
"I am pleased with the strides we have been able to make in terms of energy efficiency ... strides that have led to 95 percent of our eligible schools earning the Energy Star rating."
According to its website, Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy "helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices."
For more information, visit www.energystar.gov.