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Northeast Times | January 16, 2019

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Northwest ISD schools earn EPA Energy Star certifications for conservation

Northwest ISD schools earn EPA Energy Star certifications for conservation

In the past 10 years, Northwest ISD has saved more than $5.5 million thanks to energy conservation. As a result of that effort, nearly all Northwest ISD buildings have earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification this year for superior energy efficiency.

Buildings are recognized with this certification are guaranteed to perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide in terms of conserving energy. On average, buildings with the distinction use 35 percent less energy, causing an average of 35 percent fewer greenhouse gases emitted, and they are also less expensive to operate.

Northwest ISD buildings consistently performed above that top 25 percent, with many of the buildings receiving perfect scores of 100, and none receiving a score below a 93. Just two schools haven’t received the certification yet, as they are awaiting results of the application process.

Charles Ashby, district energy manager, said he is proud for Northwest ISD and attributes the certifications to the support of all district staff.

New energy-saving projects are being implemented constantly, under Mr. Ashby’s direction. Many of the district’s campuses have either received outdoor lighting makeovers to continue efficiency externally or are in the process of receiving outdoor lighting changes.

With new, more efficient outdoor lighting alone, the district could save more than $10 million within the next decade.

Northwest ISD’s EPA Energy Star certifications follows the Texas Energy Summit awarding the Outstanding K-12 School Award to the district in 2017 for its energy conservation efforts.

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