April 27, 2018
Martinsville was ranked ninth in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2018 list of small U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. The ranking confirms Henry County Public Schools’ commitment to providing building owners and managers with the technical guidance, best practices, and training they need to make their buildings more energy efficient, save money, and reduce carbon emissions.
“Henry County Public Schools is honored to have assisted our locality in being ranked in EPA’s 2018 Top Small Cities list,” said Keith Scott, HCPS Director of Facilities Maintenance. "We are fully committed to environmental stewardship and lowering energy costs, and we are proud to be a national leader in supporting energy-efficiency among buildings in our 14 schools.”
Cities are ranked on the list according to how many buildings in their area achieved ENERGY STAR certification in 2017. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR, a building must earn a 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher, indicating that it outperforms 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide. In 2017, 14 each of Henry County’s schools earned the ENERGY STAR.
By the end of 2017, more than 32,000 buildings across America had earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification. Together, these buildings have saved more than $4.5 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of more than 3 million homes.
Martinsville’s ranking shows how America’s leading cities are prioritizing energy efficiency among their commercial building stock. By partnering with its business leaders, localities like Martinsville-Henry County continue to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of reducing energy use.
Commercial buildings that apply for EPA’s ENERGY STAR must have their performance verified by a professional engineer or a registered architect. ENERGY STAR certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings. Many types of commercial facilities can earn the ENERGY STAR, including office buildings, schools, hospitals, and retail stores.
ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Together, since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped save American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy bills*—while also achieving broad emissions reductions—all through voluntary action.
For more information about Henry County Public Schools, visit www.henry.k12.va.us.
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