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Green Star Info

ENERGY STAR Background The Environmental Protection Agency created the ENERGY STAR program in 1992 in an attempt to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by power plants. Throughout the last 18 years, the program has developed energy performance rating systems for several commercial and institutional building types and manufacturing facilities. These ratings provide a means for benchmarking the energy efficiency of specific buildings and industrial plants against the energy performance of similar facilities.

The rating systems are also used by the EPA to determine if a building or plant can qualify to earn ENERGY STAR recognition. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR, a building must score in the top 25 percent based on EPA's National Energy Performance Rating System. To determine the performance of a facility, EPA compares energy use among other, similar types of facilities on a scale of 1-100; buildings that achieve a score of 75 or higher may be eligible for the ENERGY STAR. The EPA rating system accounts for differences in operating conditions, regional weather data, and other important considerations.

ENERGY STAR at Omaha Public Schools

The Omaha Public Schools concluded an energy study of all their buildings in an effort to identify opportunities for energy and resource efficiency improvements and the associated cost saving opportunities.

The District partnered with Verdis Group, an Omaha sustainability consulting firm, to benchmark all of the District’s occupied buildings using the ENERGY STAR system.

All of OPS’ schools received a rating representing their level of energy efficiency. The ratings provide a means for benchmarking the energy efficiency of each school against the energy performance of other schools across the country.

Our Energy Management Team is hard at work identifying ways that our buildings can be more energy efficient while ensuring that they are adequately heated, cooled, illuminated and have excellent indoor air quality. But an efficient building is not just the responsibility of the District’s head building custodians and Buildings & Grounds staff. ALL students, staff and administrators play a vital role and should make every effort to do their part in conserving energy and resources - click here to learn more.
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