Recipients of the 2014 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence, including the Shelburne Community School (SCS), will be recognized at the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Annual Spring Conference May 14 at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center in Burlington.
Environmental excellence awards have been given since 1993 to recognize efforts and actions of Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote environmental sustainability. To date, more than 200 efforts have been recognized.
“These projects contribute significantly to Vermont’s environmental quality and encourage others to take similar actions to protect our resources,” said Deb Markowitz, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. “They demonstrate the importance of innovation and partnerships in enhancing and sustaining Vermont’s environmental quality.
SCS and the other award-winning schools are among some of the first in Vermont to achieve EPA EnergyStar Building Certification for Schools. They are in the top 25 percent of schools nationwide in energy efficiency, while also meeting standards for health, ventilation, comfort, and lighting quality. These schools are part of Project Green School, a collaboration led by Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Superintendents Association’s School Energy Management Program.