BRATTLEBORO -- State and federal officials joined with Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Superintendents Association on Nov. 12 to confer Energy Star recognition on 11 schools. The sought-after designation indicates that the schools are in the top 25 percent nationally for energy efficiency, and that they meet stringent standards for health, ventilation, comfort, and lighting quality.
Brattleboro Union High School was one of the 11 schools that were honored. The others included Addison Central School, Camels Hump Middle School, Champlain Valley Union High School, Clarendon Elementary School, Harwood Union High School, Lake Region Union High School, Mount Mansfield Union High School, Shelburne Community School, Waits River Valley School, and Woodbury Elementary School.
"Washington could learn a lot from the way these schools are taking practical steps to save money while reducing environmental impact," said Congressman Peter Welch. "Congratulations to Efficiency Vermont and the School Energy Management Program for their leadership on the simple and practical notion that saving energy can create jobs, cut utility bills and improve the environment."
Vermont has long been a leader in bringing energy efficiency and renewable energy into schools. Over the last 13 years, Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Superintendents Association’s School Energy Management Program have supported 1200 energy efficiency projects at 350 schools, delivering $43 million dollars in energy savings over the lifetime of the projects. In the area of renewable energy, Vermont has pioneered the use of woodchip heating systems. Today, some 5.6 million square feet of space in Vermont schools is heated this way, with an annual savings of $2.6 million per year, and 30 percent of all Vermont public school students attend a wood heated school.