Tallwood and Kempsville high schools earn Energy Star certification

Tallwood and Kempsville high schools recently earned Energy Star Certification from the Environmental Protection Agency, bringing the school division’s total certifications to 30 buildings compared to only six buildings six years ago. These two new certifications also give Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) the largest inventory of Energy Star facilities in Hampton Roads, helping our region consistently finish among the top areas in the U.S. for energy efficiency.

To earn the designation, a building must perform better than at least 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide, according to Energy Star, the program with the familiar logo and rating program for appliances and computers. Energy Star rates buildings on a scale of 0 to 100, with a score of 100 indicating the most energy efficient buildings in the country.

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“Our success in conserving energy is a result of the teamwork in how we build our buildings, how we maintain our buildings, and how we operate in them,” said VBCPS Assistant Director for Environmental and Energy Management James Morris. “Our two latest honorees are a good example of that partnership.”

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The benefits of the program are numerous. By being in the top 25 percent of buildings in the country for energy efficiency, the school division’s Energy Star facilities have lower operating costs and contribute fewer greenhouse gasses to the environment. This is a significant impact when one considers that the school division is comprised of more than 11 million square feet of building space.

You might think that managing that much building space would bring about exorbitant energy costs. However, the school division closed out its most recent fiscal year (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016) with the lowest energy usage in more than 10 years. Much of the energy savings can be attributed to the Energy Star program.

In addition to the latest honorees, Lynnhaven Elementary School and Cox High School also earned Energy Star certification earlier this year.

Click here for a complete list of VBCPS schools designated as Energy Star facilities.

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