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Schools earn good marks for energy use

By Staff Reports
Published in News on December 13, 2009 1:50 AM

Wayne County Public Schools has been named an Energy Star Leader for demonstrating a commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering energy costs.

Ten district schools have also earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star rating.

The schools include Eastern Wayne Elementary, Goldsboro High, Greenwood Middle, Meadow Lane Elementary, North Drive Elementary, Northeast Ele-mentary, Northwest Ele-mentary, Rosewood Elemen-tary, Rosewood Middle and School Street Elementary.

"Chris Barnes, the district's energy manager, and Sprunt Hill, assistant superintendent of auxiliary services, have helped improve energy performance by managing energy strategically across the district and making cost-effective improvements to schools," said Dr. Steven Taylor, superintendent.

Commercial buildings that earn the rating use an average of 40 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Products and buildings that have earned the designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government.

WCPS is one of four Energy Star Leaders in North Carolina.