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Mapleton Local Schools' Mapleton Elementary Awarded with EPA's ENERGY STAR

Posted on 7/21/2009

(Mapleton, Ohio) July 2009 - Mapleton Elementary School, part of the Mapleton Local School District, has been awarded the ENERGY STAR designation from the Environmental Protection Agency. Only thirty-six K-12 buildings in Ohio have received the certification and Mapleton Elementary is the first school in Ashland County to earn this recognition.

Mapleton Elementary was a newly constructed facility in 2004. Even though the building met current construction standards, the Mapleton Administration saw an opportunity to improve energy consumption and took a proactive approach to enhance the facility with regards to energy. They found that with a relatively inexpensive investment the district could greatly increase the energy efficiency of the building.  In 2005, partnering with CCG Automation, Inc., Mapleton Elementary underwent a building automation upgrade with the installation of a new temperature control system that helped to drastically reduce energy consumption. From that time, Mapleton Local Schools has been able to maintain an energy efficient facility thus helping to keep utility costs low, reducing maintenance costs and increasing the life of the building.

School buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR Award use nearly 40 percent less energy than average buildings and emit 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, offering a significantly smaller carbon footprint. Buildings excel due to good energy management practices such as routine energy efficiency benchmarking.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR, a building must score in the top 25 percent based on EPA's National Energy Performance Rating System.  Only 7,391 buildings nationwide have earned the ENERGY STAR Award, and just 1,826 of these are school buildings. Other buildings include supermarkets, office, hotels, banks, hospitals, courthouses, warehouses, dormitories and big-box retail buildings.

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