Local school district receives Energy Star recognition
February 9, 2013 by Sarah
Educators of New Brighton and the other communities are shining brightly at present, as Energy Star has recently recognized Mounds View Public Schools for its 36% reduction in energy costs, resulting in a savings of nearly $200K just from September to December 2012.
Energy Star, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is geared to help all of America save energy and cut costs by practicing efficient methods and using specific products geared towards helping the environment. Mounds View public schools have been working with Energy Star for the past five years to improve their rating.
According to the district’s website:
“…maintenance staff worked with a local mechanical contractor to update mechanical systems and introduce operational and equipment changes District-wide.”
These alterations included changes to each school’s lighting, heating, and cooling systems, student initiatives, and other behavioral modifications. Awareness campaigns and learning materials were also used throughout the school to teach children about these important efforts.
It is through programs such as Energy Star that schools are able to make significant changes to their carbon footprint, effecting not only their own practices but also the efforts of generations to come. By involving youths and students in an effort to take care of their environment, Mounds View Public Schools continues to teach lessons which will last long beyond this lifetime.
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