Commercial buildings, industrial plants and schools that rate in the top 25 percent of facilities in the nation for energy efficiency qualify for the Energy Star award.
The EPA's national energy 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 that scares a rating of 75 or higher is eligible for the Energy Star.
Commercial buildings that can earn the Energy Star include offices, banks, financial centers, retailers, hospitals, hotels and K-12 schools just to name a few.
EPA introduced Energy Star in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.
Today, the energy star label can be found on more than 50 different kinds of products, new homes and star designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government.
In 2006, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved about $16 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 27 million vehicles.
Clay Community Schools has recently completed its fourth year in an energy conservation program in association with Energy Education Inc.
Over the four years, Clay Community Schools has produced a 22 percent cost avoidance or $870,000 in utility savings.
This fall, Clay Community Schools chose to apply and was accepted for partnership with Energy Star. Energy Star will be another tool for use in the ongoing efforts of energy conservation.
The corporation's goal is to eventually have all Clay Community School facilities earn the Energy Star award.