Both Union City Middle/High School and Union City Elementary Earn Energy Star Rating
Union City Middle/High School and Union City Elementary School received notification in July 2018 that both buildings were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification. This certification is awarded to eligible facilities that earn a score of 75 or higher. Union City’s Middle/High School’s score of 86 and the Elementary School’s score of 95 were considerably higher than the minimum score. Strict guidelines must be met and verified by a professional engineer or registered architect in order to qualify for this recognition. Energy Star certified buildings save energy, money, and generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions than 75% of similar buildings across the United States.
According to Mr. Steve Thompson, District Facilities Manager, the energy savings were accomplished by making several changes over the past few years. Some of the reduction in the use of energy was realized by the renovation of the swimming pool, changing the light bulbs in the gyms from HID lighting to fluorescent bulbs, by installation of variable frequency speed drives on the main pumps, and by moving from a five to a four day work week during the summer months.
Mr. Thompson is very pleased with this award and remarked, “Any time buildings reduce energy consumption it is a win-win situation. The District wins because their energy costs are reduced, and the environment wins due to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. This rating was achieved with the support of the School Board and by all staff being conscious of conserving energy.”