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Leading K-12 School Associations Join Energy Star Challenge to Reduce Energy Costs by 10 Percent or More
Release Date: 10/20/2005
Contact: John Millett, 202-564-4355 / firstname.lastname@example.org
(10/20/05) Ten leading associations representing state school boards, superintendents, principals, facility planners, architects, parents, and teachers are joining with the EPA to address critical energy issues in our nation's K-12 schools in conjunction with EPA's Energy Star Challenge.
Schools across the United States are facing higher energy prices this winter. Currently, the nation's 17,000 K-12 schools spend $1.3 billion on heating bills during the winter months - a cost that may rise by nearly 40 percent this year. This increase alone is equivalent to more than 10,000 teacher salaries.
To date, the following six school districts have earned the Energy Star Leaders distinction: Colorado Springs School District 11, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Rochester City School District, Rochester, New York; South Colonie Central School District, Albany, New York; Independent School District 197, Mendota Heights, Minnesota; Gresham-Barlow School District, Oregon; and York County School Division, Virginia.
Information on the Energy Star Challenge and K-12 schools is available at: http://www.energystar.gov