By making an effort to improve energy performance levels, the schools in District 197 have not only avoided utility costs, but have continued to protect the environment by limiting harmful greenhouse gases.
SCHOOL ENERGY STAR AWARDS
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s national energy performance rating system helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a rating of 75 or higher on a scale of 1-100 is eligible for the ENERGY STAR Award.
The ENERGY STAR Awards signify that our schools have relatively superior energy performance levels, representing the top 25 percent of facilities nationwide. All eight of District 197's schools have received Energy Star awards.
Years District 197 schools first received their Energy Star ratings:
2004 - Friendly Hills Middle School
2008 - Heritage Middle School
2008 - Mendota Elementary School
2009 - Pilot Knob Elementary School
2009 - Moreland Elementary School
2009 - Garlough Environmental Magnet
2009 - Somerset Elementary School
2010 - Henry Sibley High School
School District 197 has earned ENERGY STAR Leaders Top Performer recognition for achieving an average energy performance rating above 75. The 2009 rating was 81 and in 2010 it climbed to 93. The district was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for increasing its energy efficiency by 10 percent in 2005, 20 percent in 2009 and 30 percent in 2010. Since launching its energy efficiency program in September 2003, the district has avoided more than $1.9 million in energy costs.