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Fifth EPS school receives Energy Star certification

Nov. 6, 2019 - Cornelia Elementary School has received Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The award recognizes the building’s performance in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, averaging 35 percent less energy used and 35 percent less carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.

Since 2016, district schools have been earning Energy Star certification as a result of mechanical upgrades and roof projects completed under the district’s 10-year long-term facility maintenance plan. Now, half of the district’s buildings are certified and the rest are on deck to receive similar upgrades as the maintenance plan continues. Other EPS schools with Energy Star certification are Countryside, Concord, Creek Valley and Highlands elementary schools.

 “This is good news for the planet and good news for the district,” said Eric Hamilton, director of buildings and grounds. “The mechanical upgrades and roof work at Cornelia result in a more comfortable space for students and staff, and cost-saving efficiencies.”

Energy Star was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Over the past 20 years, Energy Star has helped prevent more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.