"This is an intentional move for our school district," said Bill Parker, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services. "Maintaining energy efficient facilities is part of our school district's Strategic Plan. We have two LEED-certified schools and saw the opportunity to pursue the ENERGY STAR label with our other facilities as a natural next step."
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Henderson County Public Schools (http://www.hendersoncountypublicschoolsnc.org/
The verification process from SEM (http://www.southern-
"Working with Henderson County Schools was a treat. We're not just teaching students the importance of sustainability, we're showing them how to achieve it," said SEM building science engineer Meghan McDermott. "Each of these buildings now meets high standards for efficiency, air quality, comfort and lighting. It's something the students should be proud of."
The ENERGY STAR program for buildings and plants differs from the more commonly recognized version for residential homes. The main distinction is that this type of verification involves existing buildings, rather than new construction.
Southern Energy Management conducted this work on behalf of Advanced Energy, a non-profit located in Raleigh, N.C. that focuses on energy efficiency solutions. Advanced Energy has worked with more than 40 school systems across the state of N.C. to benchmark energy performance, identify energy saving measures and promote energy awareness through programs such as the EPA ENERGY STAR program. This project is sponsored by Duke Energy, Progress Energy, North Carolina Electric Membership Co-Op, and Dominion NC Power and the electric ratepayers of North Carolina. For more information about Advanced Energy's services for commercial and industrial customers, visit http://www.advancedenergy.org/
Tricia Allen, Henderson County Public Schools: firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-697-4512
Chris Cowperthwaite, SEM: chris@southern-
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Southern Energy Management is a North Carolina-based sustainable energy company offering energy efficiency, green building and turn-key solar services for homeowners, builders, companies, government and military clients across the country. A certified B Corp, SEM's mission is to have a measurable impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, and to build a sustainable triple-bottom-