Tilden Hogge Elementary School has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR® certification for 2016, which signifies that the building is performing in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
“On behalf of the Rowan County School District and the members of the Rowan County School Board, I am pleased to accept the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® certification in recognition of the efforts and investments that have been made to improve energy efficiency in our schools,” said Marvin Moore, Superintendent of Rowan County Schools. “It is important that our schools and our district, as a whole, set the example of good environmental and financial stewardship for our students. Through this achievement at Tilden Hogge Elementary School, we are continuing to demonstrate this commitment while also lowering our energy costs.”
Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR® certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Rowan County School District improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its facilities. Compared to the median property of similar operation, Tilden Hogge Elementary School releases 93 metric tons less of greenhouse gas emissions per year equaling the amount of energy used in nearly 10 households per year.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR® Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR® certification.”
EPA’s ENERGY STAR® energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR® certification. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR® include offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.
ENERGY STAR® was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR® label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR®.