El Monte Union High School District Recognized by Enviromental Protection Agency
By Anne Donofrio-Holter
July 24, 2013 • 919 views
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The efforts of the El Monte Union High School District to save energy, the environment, and money has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program.
“We’ve saved over $593,000 in 16 months through our energy conservation programs,” said El Monte Union High School District Energy Manager Jay Kim. “The district was awarded with the EPA’s 10% ENERGY STAR Leader Award and a 2013 Leader Top Performer award.”
ENERGY STAR is a voluntary EPA program that delivers environmental benefits and financial value through superior energy efficiency. Since 1992, the program has worked with businesses and public-sector organizations to transform the way that commercial buildings and industrial plants use energy.
The 10% Leader Award recognizes organizations that own a portfolio of facilities that have reduced its overall energy use by 10% or more. The Leader Top Performer Award recognizes organizations that own a portfolio of facilities that on average rank in the top 25% of energy efficient buildings compared to others in the same geographic location.
According to Kim, the El Monte Union High School District is one of two California school districts that received the 10% distinction award this year and one of seven California school districts to receive the Leader Top Performer Award in 2013.
“We are extremely pleased with the progress our district has made in reducing energy costs and our carbon footprint,” said El Monte Union High School District Superintendent Nick Salerno. “Special thanks go to all staff members and students for their outstanding efforts.”
By the end of 2012, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.