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EPA recognizes two Colorado Springs School Districts for improving energy efficiency and protecting the environment

Release Date: 11/17/2004
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      Denver -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 has recognized the Colorado Springs School District 11 and Academy School District 20, both in Colorado Springs, as two of 18 organizations nationwide named as ENERGY STAR Leaders for demonstrating superior energy management and environmental leadership.

ENERGY STAR partners who demonstrate continuous improvement in energy efficiency – not just in individual buildings, but organization-wide – qualify for EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Leaders recognition. EPA designates ENERGY STAR Leaders based on an organization’s actual energy efficiency as measured using EPA’s energy performance rating system. The rating system provides an objective, standardized approach for measuring the efficiency of an entire building, or building portfolio, on a 100-point scale. More than 19,000 buildings across the country have used the rating system to help manage their energy use and reduce costs.

Colorado Springs School District 11 has achieved an energy efficiency improvement of 10 points above its baseline energy efficiency rating. In addition, Academy School District 20 has completed entering its baseline
energy efficiency data and is poised to realize significant energy savings in the future. The organizations recognized today have established an energy efficiency baseline for all their buildings, a critical step in successful
energy management. By managing their energy well, these organizations are showing their leadership, improving their financial performance and helping protect the environment.

“These Colorado school districts prove that superior energy management is the cornerstone of strong energy, environmental and financial performance. EPA is pleased to recognize these organizations whose efforts have helped us protect the environment for future generations,” said Robert E. Roberts, EPA's Regional Administrator for Region 8.

For a complete list of ENERGY STAR Leaders please visit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency introduced ENERGY STAR in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce air pollution through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 8,000 organizations have become ENERGY STAR partners and are committed to improving the energy efficiency of businesses, products and homes. For more information, please visit or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES.