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Frisco ISD Among Top Energy Saving School Districts in U.S.

Contact Information: 
Joe Hubbard (r6press@epa.gov)
Jennah Durant

DALLAS - (May 5, 2015) Frisco Independent School District was recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a top finisher in the annual Energy Star National Building Competition: Team Challenge. The buildings were recognized for reducing their water use by over 23 percent and saving over $486,766.

"We are proud of the hard work from students and faculty of Frisco ISD," said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry. "Energy efficiency saves schools money, makes learning comfortable and productive, and helps us achieve our goals to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions."

Teams from more than 5,500 buildings across the country spent the past year competing to obtain the greatest reduction in energy use. Together, the competitors saved more than $50 million and prevented more than 250,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions-equal to the annual energy use of more than 37,000 homes.

"We appreciate this acknowledgement of the efforts of our staff and students in regard to conserving energy," said Dr. Jeremy Lyon, Frisco ISD Superintendent of Schools. "It is a significant part of our strategic planning effort to focus on ways to be more energy efficient and to save money and preserve natural resources, and this honor validates those objectives."

In support of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which calls for buildings to cut waste and become at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020, the competition targeted wasted energy in buildings and motivated building owners and occupants to improve energy efficiency, reduce harmful carbon pollution, and save money.

This year's theme, "Team Challenge," featured teams of five or more buildings who worked together to reduce their collective energy use as much as possible over the course of a year. Many organizations used the competition to involve staff and students in the effort.

Energy Star is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA's Energy Star program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, Energy Star is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $300 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by two billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.

More information on the Energy Star National Building Competition, including top overall finishers and top finishers by building category, an interactive map of competitors, and a wrap-up report: http://www.energystar.gov/BattleOfTheBuildings

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This month EPA is raising awareness and focusing efforts to improve the lives of children and families with asthma. Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic respiratory disease that affects the quality of life for millions of Americans, disproportionately in low income and minority families. More information on efforts to combat asthma disparities: http://www.epa.gov/childrenstaskforce/index.html

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