You’ve probably seen the Energy Star label on household appliances like washing machines and dishwashers, but it can also apply to schools. Martin Elementary School and Warren High School are the first schools in Northside, and the first schools in a San Antonio-area school district, to earn the Energy Star label.
Each will receive an Energy Star decal and certificate to display at the school.
Energy Star is an Environmental Protection Agency program that encourages organizations to track and manage their energy use. The label can be applied to products and buildings. Buildings are rated on a scale from 0 to 100, and those rated 75 or above are eligible for the Energy Star label. There are several categories for buildings, including a category for K-12 schools.
“In Northside, we’ve always been proud of our Energy Management program,” says Leroy San Miguel, Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Operations. “The District’s commitment to long-term energy conservation is reflected in our construction standards and has resulted in savings to our taxpayers. Earning the designation of Energy Star serves as verification of our commitment on a national level.”
Other Northside schools also qualify for Energy Star based on energy data collected, but the cost to verify each facility ranges from $500 to $1,000. The State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) paid the costs for certifying Martin and Warren.
A licensed professional must verify that a school or building is eligible to apply for the Energy Star label. They verify that all energy use is accounted for accurately, that the building characteristics have been properly reported (including the square footage of the building), that the building is fully functional in accordance with industry standards, and that each of the indoor environment criteria has been met.
Warren High School opened in 2002. Martin Elementary School opened in 2010 and is the only LEED-certified school in Northside. The LEED rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.
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