Three Schools Receive Energy Star Recognition

Three Centennial schools were named energy all-stars by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
November 26, 2012
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The ENERGY STAR designation means Centennial has worked to cut costs and reduce energy use.

The district achieved this accomplishment through its partnership with McKinstry and the People Power Planet education effort.

McKinstry engineers worked with district custodial staff to identify energy efficiencies and make changes in the physical plant to reduce energy use.

To earn the EPA’s ENERGY STAR recognition, schools must perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide and must be independently verified by a licensed professional engineer.

ENERGY STAR certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than typical buildings.

All Centennial schools are participating in the energy efficiency effort spearheaded by energy champions at each site working through the People Power Planet powerED program. Champions work to raise awareness and educate students and staff to take action and reduce energy use by discovering energy saving opportunities including reducing, reusing, recycling, etc.

Highlights include energy savings of 25 percent at Blue Heron and 23 percent at Centennial Middle School. Leaders in carbon savings to date include Centennial High School at 1,778 tons and Centennial Middle School at 1,031 tons. Results are impacted by age and condition of building, heating/cooling equipment, usage, etc.

For more information visit our main page and click on the People Power Planet box on the lower left.  www.peoplepowerplanet.com or www.energystar.gov