Bay High awarded Energy Star, saving energy, dollars and the environment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Bay High School the Energy Star Building label, recognizing the school as one of the most energy efficient K-12 school facilities in the United States.
Bay High earned a score of 96 on the 100-point scale, far exceeding the required score of 75 in the rigorous examination of energy efficiency.
“You are not just saving energy and money with your investments in efficiency,” said Ted Bedell of Gardiner, the district’s partner in identifying and implementing energy conservation strategies. “You are reducing your carbon footprint to the benefit of our environment.”
Superintendent Clinton Keener, Assistant Superintendent of Operations Daryl Stumph, and Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds Dave Newsome were recognized for their contributions to earning the Energy Star distinction.
“It takes a long time, with many incremental investments along the way, to achieve this kind of efficiency,” said Stumph. “From the reflective roof, the new HVAC system and window upgrades, to the upgrades to lighting fixtures and implementation of HVAC controls, we have been building to this level of performance for maybe 10 years.”
Significant to the accomplishment was the passage of a school bond issue by the Bay Village community in 2012. Part of that $16.8 million targeted the older mechanical systems, such as HVAC (heating/ventilation/cooling) and electrical systems, during the district-wide upgrade to school buildings.
“The important advantage, beyond saving dollars and energy, is that our buildings are far more comfortable for teaching and learning,” said Keener. “Digital controls are monitored by Dave Newsome constantly so that comfort levels are maintained while energy is conserved."
Energy Star was introduced by EPA 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 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA.
Director of Communications for the Bay Village City School District