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District News

March 27, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EPA recognizes Gresham-Barlow School District with 2012 ENERGY STAR
Sustained Excellence Award
 
GBSD Superintendent participates in Business Roundtable with CEO’s from across the nation to share
benefits of energy efficiency
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Gresham-Barlow School District a 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting our environment through energy efficiency. Gresham-Barlow’s accomplishments were recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 15, which marked the 20th anniversary of ENERGY STAR. This is the fourth time the Gresham-Barlow School District has received the Sustained Excellence Award. The school district has also twice received the EPA's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for its energy management work.
 
Gresham-Barlow’s long-term support of energy efficiency is seen best in the culture of energy conservation that permeates the district at every level. This commitment results in the savings of more than $1.5 million each year on energy costs, which is the equivalent of approximately 16 teaching positions.
 
“The benefits of our conservation program are twofold,” said Superintendent Jim Schlachter. “The hundreds of thousands of dollars we save on our utility bill can be redirected to the classroom where it’s desperately needed and we impact future generations by teaching our students about energy conservation.”
 
In addition to representing the school district at the ENERGY STAR awards ceremony, Superintendent Schlachter also participated in a Business Roundtable. CEO’s from some of the top energy conservation companies in the country shared the benefits of embracing energy efficiency with the EPA. The Roundtable included executives from Sears, Whirlpool, and Lowe’s. The Gresham-Barlow School District was the only school district invited to participate in this discussion.
 
The 2012 Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, employing innovative approaches, and showing others what can be achieved through energy efficiency. Award winners are selected from about 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.
 
About the Gresham-Barlow School District
The Gresham-Barlow School District serves families with students in grades K-12 and has a student population of more than 11,000. The district has 19 schools and a solid reputation for providing its students with a quality education. Nestled east of Portland, the school district serves the communities of Gresham, Damascus, Orient, and Boring. For more information about the Gresham-Barlow School District, visit www.gresham.k12.or.us.
 
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. About 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings, and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
 
 
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