District's 10 schools honored by EPA

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All 10 schools in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification, which  signifies that the buildings perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

"We are pleased to accept EPA’s Energy Star certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” District Energy Manager Neal Bickler said. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

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. 

MCPASD schools have been recognized by Energy Star multiple times over the past decade. In addition, Bickler reported to the Board of Educatino in October that the District's energy savings program has saved more than $3.3 million in energy costs over the past 12 years. He said the District would have spent nearly $14.9 million since 2004 without the program but instead has spent $11.5 million, a savings of more than 22 percent.

He also reported  that all 10 schools are between 91-99 percent on the Energy Star rating scale with Sauk Trail, one of the District's oldest buildings, at 99 percent. He also noted MCPASD is one of two districts in the state with every building above 90.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the Energy Star Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

EPA’s Energy Star energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for Energy Star certification. 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.

Energy Star was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the Energy Star label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.