District 834 receives EPA's 'Energy Star' Leader Award

The Stillwater Area Public School District has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an "Energy Star" leader based on its demonstration of continuous improvement in energy efficiency district-wide. These improvements have helped District 834 avoid over $322,081 in energy costs since beginning the Schools For Energy Efficiency Program in December of 2004.

The Environmental Protection Agency designates Energy Star leaders based on documented improvement in EPA's energy performance rating system. Partners achieving energy efficiency improvements of 10, 20 or 30 points above baseline, or an average rating of 75 or better, qualify as Energy Star Leaders.

"Our energy conservation program makes good sense both environmentally and financially," said Ray Queener, assistant superintendent of Business & Administrative Services. "The energy conservation program is not only a great thing to do, it is the right thing to do."

Energy efficiency improvements at Stillwater Area Public Schools have included strategies such as staggering start and stop times of equipment, lowering building temperatures in the cooler months and keeping temperatures higher in the summer. Staff and students have contributed to Stillwater's success by changing their behaviors such as using fewer lights when possible and making sure that lights and other equipment are turned off when not in use.

"Clearly, we could not reach this and other energy saving accomplishments without the commitment and dedication of district staff," Superintendent Keith Ryskoski said. "While Ray Queener and Shawn Sandor have provided great leadership for the energy efficiency program, the staff and students are the ones to be congratulated for the accomplishment."

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