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EPA Recognizes City of Medford, Mass. With Energy Star Awards

Release Date: 03/14/2011
Contact Information: Dave Deegan, 617-918-1017

(Medford, Mass. – March 14, 2011) The US Environmental Protection Agency is recognizing six buildings in Medford, Mass. receiving ENERGY STAR labels in 2010. Receiving an ENERGY STAR label means these six buildings, including five schools and the City Hall, scored in the top 25% for energy use in similar buildings. 

Medford was also a recipient of an ARRA Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant (EECBG), which assisted the town in energy efficiency upgrades in the Elementary and Middle Schools. This work is being overseen by the Energy Efficiency Coordinator, a position also funded by EECBG.

To earn the ENERGY STAR labels, school faculty cooperated with the Energy Efficiency Coordinator to implement behavior changes such as turning off unneeded lights, and reducing heat settings at night and on weekends. The city also retro commissioned the building control systems in their schools.

"Medford is proud to have achieved these Energy Star ratings, not only for Medford City Hall, but for all of our elementary and middle schools in the same year!  The EPA has been a true partner in helping to guide Medford to even greater energy efficiency", said Mayor Michael J. McGlynn.

The City of Medford also has plans to complete energy saving renovations at additional schools and municipal buildings.

“Making schools energy efficient can save school districts 30% or more on their energy bills each year,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “These measures make the learning environments more comfortable and productive and reduce greenhouse gases.”

EPA New England is committed to energy efficiency achievements like the one in Medford.   EPA’s Community Energy Challenge works with towns to reduce their energy use in schools and municipal buildings, and there are currently 186 communities taking on this challenge in New England.  

The Medford Schools receiving the ENERGY STAR label include:

Andrews Middle School

Brooks Elementary School

Columbus Elementary School

McGlynn Middle/Elementary School

Roberts Elementary School

More information: http://www.epa.gov/region1/eco/energy/energy-challenge.html

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