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Posted December 20, 2012

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48 APS Schools Earn US EPA’s ENERGY STAR® “Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency”

Schools’ practices help the district save on energy costs.

Executive director of M&O John Dufay (center, holding plaque) was recognized by the APS Board of Education as 48 schools earned ENERGY STAR certification.

Forty-eight Albuquerque public schools have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that these buildings perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meet or exceed strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the US EPA. 

“APS is pleased to accept US EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said John Dufay, Executive Director of APS Maintenance and Operations. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.” 

Of all the schools in New Mexico only 75 have earned Energy Star certification and 48 of those schools are part of APS. Energy used by the APS schools covers just over 5.5 million square feet. 

School buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. APS improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire district and by M&O maintenance personnel making cost-effective improvements to school buildings. APS has prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity use from 310 households for a year. 

Some of the proactive measures the district has taken towards conservation include replacing all the Metal Halide fixtures in 129 gyms with T-5 High Output lighting on sensors, while at the same time evaluating lighting needs in classrooms and doing lighting retrofits, improving the learning environment. In the area of HVAC the district is moving towards upgrading its controls and monitoring capability to improve air quality, temperature and thus the environment for education in our schools. In the monitoring process the Direct Digital Control system also helps identify energy waste if heating systems are coming on when they not supposed to, giving M&O a good idea what systems cost to operate, which can be evaluated and considered when planning future construction projects. 

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. 

Schools earning certification are 

A. Montoya ES

Acoma ES

Alameda ES

Albuquerque HS

Alvarado ES

Apache ES

Armijo ES

Arroyo del Oso ES

Bandelier ES

Barcelona ES

Bel-Air ES

Chelwood ES

Cibola HS

Cochiti ES

Comanche ES

Dennis Chavez ES

Dolores Gonzales ES

E.G. Ross ES

Edward Gonzales ES

Eldorado HS

Emerson ES

Eubank ES

Griegos ES

Hawthorne ES

Hodgin ES

Inez ES

Kirtland ES

Kit Carson ES

La Mesa ES

Los Ranchos ES

Manzano HS

Manzano Mesa ES

Matheson Park ES

Mission Ave. ES

Mitchell ES

Mountain View ES

Navajo ES

North Star ES

Osuna ES

Petroglyph ES

Sandia HS

Seven Bar ES

Sierra Vista ES

Sombra del Monte ES

Valley HS

Ventana Ranch ES

Volcano Vista HS

West Mesa HS


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