GCPS leads nation in Energy Star certification

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.


toby 3 years, 9 months ago

We all do what we can to save energy. Zell Miller even broke up Atlanta Gas light back in 97 to make more competition when in fact AGL made out like a bandit. Not only do they still sell the gas to all the new kids on the block but they now charge for the use of the their pipes in the ground. Look at your gas bill. If you use ZERO gas, you will get a charge from $20 to $30 that the gas provider calls a pass through fee. So it really doesn't matter if we do our best to save on energy cost, the providers just figure out a new way to screw us out of our money. Cars get better milage, the price of gas goes up. And they do this because they can and have the politicians to help make it happen.


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