Shelburne Community School (SCS) and Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) have been named two of Vermont’s first ENERGY STAR schools. This achievement places the schools in the top 25 percent of energy-efficient schools in the country and signifies that they meet stringent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for healthy ventilation, year-round comfort, and lighting quality.
The two schools were recognized at an award ceremony on Nov. 7 at Camel’s Hump Middle School in Richmond, along with nine other Vermont schools that achieved ENERGY STAR designations. The ceremony also marked the launch of Project Green School, an initiative that aims to put all Vermont schools on the path toward ENERGY STAR designation by 2020. “This achievement reflects the commitment of our staff, faculty, students, administrators, and the many people who comprise a school community,” said SCS Principal Allan Miller. “Together, we share a vision to forge a better school, to lower overhead costs, and to walk the walk of environmental stewardship in service to Vermont’s future: our children.”
Among those in attendance at the award ceremony were Congressman Peter Welch; Vermont Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca; and representatives of the EPA, the Vermont Superintendents Association’s School Energy Management Program (VSA-SEMP), and Efficiency Vermont.
“The 11 schools we are honoring today have done great work,” said Jim Merriam, director of Efficiency Vermont. “But the steps they have taken are within reach of any school in our state. With focused effort and enhanced support through Project Green School, we are looking forward to helping every community in Vermont provide a healthier and more energy-efficient environment for their students.”
Through Project Green School, Efficiency Vermont and VSA-SEMP will collaborate to help Vermont schools reach ENERGY STAR designation by addressing the energy use of lighting and facility systems – such as heating, ventilation, and cooling – and the air-tightness of buildings. The initiative also will enable schools to use the energy improvement process to provide educational opportunities to students and staff.
To learn more about Project Green School, or support your local school’s efforts to participate, visit www.efficiencyvermont.com/projectgreenschool.