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Students in Seven K-12 West Virginia Schools are Back Learning with an Energy Star and Energy Savings

Release Date: 09/24/2010
Contact Information: Terri White, (215) 814-5523, white.terri-a@epa.gov

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 24, 2010) – A total of seven K-12 schools in West Virginia have earned the Energy Star building label for superior energy efficiency.

“Increasing energy efficiency is saving school districts 30 percent or more on energy bills each year,” said Shawn M. Garvin, EPA mid-Atlantic regional administrator. “It’s a smart way to save money and help the environment by reducing greenhouse gases. Energy efficient buildings also provide a comfortable and productive learning environment.”

Schools use a variety of ways to reduce their energy use: insulating and sealing air leaks; installing computerized energy management systems; installing new boilers, windows, lighting, ventilation equipment, water conservation and other upgrades; and hiring an energy manager.

Other schools in West Virginia can earn the Energy Star building label. To get your school started with benchmarking its energy use and earning the Energy Star label go to http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=k12_schools.bus_schoolsk12

To see which of the K-12 schools in the mid-Atlantic region have earned the Energy Star building label and to hear about some of their energy saving successes see:
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=k12_schools.bus_schoolsk12

Here is a listing of the seven schools in West Virginia with the Energy Star label in 2010:

Lincoln County Schools
Duval Elementary and Middle Schools (Griffithsville)
Guyan Valley Middle School (Branchland)
Harts Intermediate School (Harts)
Harts Primary School (Harts)
Midway Elementary School (Alum Creek)
Ranger Elementary School (Ranger)
West Hamlin Elementary School (West Hamlin)