Brevard Public Schools Helps Celebrate the 15th Anniversary
of ENERGY STAR® Certified Buildings
April 1, 2015, Brevard County, Florida: Back in 1999, for the first time, a building earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification by outperforming at least 75 percent of its peers. Now, 15 years later, Brevard Public Schools is helping to mark the anniversary of this milestone event by earning ENERGY STAR certification for 28 of its properties.
Brevard Public Schools became involved with EPA’s ENERGY STAR program back in 2006 and since then, has earned the ENERGY STAR for one third of its properties. Organizations and businesses across the country have been participating in an EPA campaign called “Certification Nation,” which features stories, tips, and advice, as well as a blitz of certification activity across the country.
" Brevard Public Schools is pleased to help EPA celebrate 15 years of ENERGY STAR certified buildings,” said Dane Theodore, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities]. "Our own ENERGY STAR buildings have delivered energy and cost savings, and have helped us reduce our organization’s carbon footprint—three things that all of us have reason to celebrate.”
Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR are verified to perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. They use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and are responsible for 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
Brevard Public Schools improved its energy performance to ENERGY STAR levels by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.
“What we’re really celebrating this year are the achievements of the businesses and organizations that work every day to manage their building’s energy use, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “Together, their top-performing properties have achieved significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions as well as cost savings for our cities, our schools, and the businesses that power America’s economy.”
Since 1999, more than 24,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance. As of the end of 2013, they’ve prevented more than 40 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and saved more than $3 billion on utility bills.
Products, homes and buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR label prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency requirements set by the U.S. EPA. In 2013 alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved an estimated $30 billion on their utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of more than 38 million homes. From the first ENERGY STAR qualified computer in 1992, the label can now be found on products in more than 70 different categories, 1.5 million new homes, and 24,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants.
For more information about Certification Nation and the 15th anniversary for ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings: www.energystar.gov/CertificationNation
For more information about Brevard Public Schools, go to: www.BrevardPublicSchools.org