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Five Anderson County School Buildings have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Energy Star certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
“A big push nationally is to get public buildings rated as Energy Star Buildings. To get this rating, you have to have an energy efficiency rating of at least 75. In a district the size of ours, it would be expected to have one or two buildings with this rating,” said energy manager Gary Stinnett. “I am happy to report that five of our buildings meet the Energy Star criteria.”
The central office is rated 86, Anderson County High School east wing (formerly the original Emma B. Ward building) 89, Emma B. Ward Elementary 95, Saffell Street Elementary 92, and Robert B. Turner Elementary 89.
Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s Energy Star certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Anderson County Schools improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire district and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.
“I commend all Anderson County Schools staff for their commitment to energy conservation,” said Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.
“I appreciate everyone working together for continued success. Mr. Gary Stinnett has done an incredible job working with the staff and administration. I am very proud our accomplishments!”
Commercial buildings that can earn the Energy Star include offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.