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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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Green Schools Initiative News

Green Schools Initiative News

Common Mistakes People Make When Recycling Bookmark

One of the greatest ways to reduce our carbon footprints on an individual or household basis, and one of the easiest, is to recycle. Indeed, Americans create 254 million tons of waste every year, according to the EPA, and if all the recyclable materials in that waste stream were properly disposed of, about $7 billion worth of resources wouldn’t wind up in landfills.

Northwest High Magnet and UNO Students Collaborate to Design Rain Garden Bookmark

Northwest horticulture teacher, Rachel Burns, presented her students with a unique challenge: Design a rain garden that will displace water runoff during seasonal storms, minimize the amount of pollutants making their way into the nearby Papio Creek and aid conservation efforts to provide milkweed for the endangered Monarch butterfly.

Accelere Program Aquatic Society Creates Wildlife Habitat Bookmark

National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization is pleased to recognize that Accelere Aquatic Society of Accelere Program Omaha Public Schools in Omaha has successfully created a Certified Wildlife Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife program.

Let’s Get Every Kid in a Park Bookmark

Starting in September, every fourth-grader in the nation will receive an “Every Kid in a Park” pass that’s good for free admission to all of America’s federal lands and waters — for them and their families — for a full year.  Federal resources will be available to help schools and families arrange field trips and visits by providing key trip-planning tools, and helping to cover transportation costs for schools with the greatest financial need.

Mr. Eco videos for elementary students Bookmark

Mr. Eco believes that monumental changes begin with the youngest members of society. We combined our passions for sustainability, wildlife conservation and hip-hop to create an environmental rap superhero that uses music to empower children to become activists called #EcoHeroes. We use a blend of "edutainment" to teach our youth that their local actions impact ecosystems and wildlife globally.