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Mansfield ISD Recognized as ENERGY STAR Leader

Release Date: 12/12/2007
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Tressa Tillman at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas - December 12, 2007) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the Mansfield Independent School District as an ENERGY STAR Leader based on its demonstration of continuous improvement in energy efficiency. The school district has improved its energy efficiency by ten percent throughout all of its buildings and also achieved ENERGY STAR Top Performer recognition.

When it opened for the 2007-2008 school year, the Mansfield Independent School District welcomed nearly 30,000 students from the Arlington/Mansfield area into energy-efficient classrooms. Mansfield is one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, increasing by around 3,000 students each year.

“By making smart energy choices, we can improve our environment and get the most out of our energy dollars,” said EPA Regional Administrator Richard E. Greene. “Whether running a business, a school, or a household, improving energy efficiency just makes sense.”

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that promotes saving money and protecting the environment through energy efficient products and services. Since it was first awarded in 2005, more than 50 organizations including schools, hospitals, and supermarkets as well as commercial and real estate and hospitality companies have been named ENERGY STAR Leaders.

“MISD remains dedicated to minimizing energy costs,” said district Superintendent Vernon Newsom. “Our participation in the ENERGY STAR Program has been a great success yielding excellent results. We have made energy conservation a priority and it is nice to consider the savings which has a direct benefit to the bottom line in our annual budget.”

Realizing that any significant impact on energy consumption requires awareness, involvement, and campus-wide support, the district worked to raise awareness throughout all of Mansfield’s schools. Information about controlling energy use at the campus level was distributed, and the district developed a Web site for staff, students and parents to help promote energy goals. The district also designated a campus Energy Champion at each school tasked with emphasizing the importance of energy efficiency by turning off lights, closing doors and shutting down computers.

For more information on ENERGY STAR Leaders, please visit: http://energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=leaders.bus_leaders

EPA audio file is available at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/audio.htm#audio121207_mansfield_isd

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