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Twelve Kyrene schools earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR

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Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 11:00 am

Twelve of the Kyrene elementary school district school buildings have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.

Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The Kyrene School District improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.

To earn the ENERGY STAR, Kyrene School District has been proactively taking steps for a number of years.  As a part of Kyrene's Capital Improvement Plan which is funded by voter approved bonds, the district was able to complete the following projects which resulted in increased energy savings: replace/upgrade chillers, cooling towers, A/C units, energy management system upgraded from dial-up to web access, lighting upgrades, changed ballasts and lights to more efficient T8's and skylight replacements.

Additionally, the District has engaged students and staff in a variety of initiatives to reduce energy consumption. One such event is an annual "Kyrene Go Green" Week planned by the students.

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