The Cherry Creek School District is among 14 organizations and business to receive the 2011 Excel Expo Energy Efficiency Award. The district was recognized for The Most Energy Savings Between Multiple Programs, for conservation in lighting, water and indoor environmental systems.
In addition, ten of the district’s elementary schools, including several older schools, recently received Energy Star designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their energy efficiency and conservation efforts.
Those schools are:
• Cherry Hills Village Elementary, built in 1983
• Cimarron Elementary, built in 1979
• Cottonwood Creek Elementary, built in 1977
• Creekside Elementary, built in 1986
• Fox Hollow Elementary, built in 2001
• Highline Community Elementary, built in 1991
• Indian Ridge Elementary, built in 1985
• Peakview Elementary, built in 1991
• Sagebrush Elementary, built in 1977
• Timberline Elementary, built in 1985
These schools join 19 other elementary schools that received Energy Star designation in 2009: Antelope Ridge, Aspen Crossing, Buffalo Trail, Coyote Hills, Dakota Valley, Dry Creek, Greenwood, Heritage, High Plains, Holly Hills, Holly Ridge, Homestead, Independence, Meadow Point, Red Hawk Ridge, Rolling Hills, Summit, Village East and Willow Creek.
“When new schools are built or older schools are renovated, the district uses building, insulation, and roofing materials that will reduce energy costs,” said Dr. Scott Siegfried, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Support Services. “We also use new materials for lighting, heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems that are more energy-efficient; carpets and paints that have low volatile organic compounds (VOC); and landscaping that includes drought resistant and native plants, requiring less water.”
Many lighting, heating and cooling systems are automatically turned off when rooms or buildings are not in use and sprinkler systems have ‘smart controllers’ and rain sensors to conserve water.
Energy Star, created in 1992, is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Its national performance rating system provides a 1-100 scale that helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building must receive a rating of at least 75 to be eligible for Energy Star designation.
The Cherry Creek School District was named an Energy Star Partner in 2009. It has always been committed to conservation, energy-efficiency, and providing a safe and healthy environment for students and staff members.