DD2 schools are saving energy

  • Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Monica Kreber/Journal Scene Mary Joyce Freibert, energy manager for the school district, reads off the schools who earned Energy Star certifications during June 23’s board meeting.

Eighteen DD2 schools are being recognized as energy “stars” for using less energy.

DD2 has partnered with Control Management, Inc. (CMI) to successfully earn Energy Star certification for the 18 schools. Energy Star is a voluntary U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program that delivers environmental benefits and financial value through superior energy efficiency.

Mary Joyce Freibert, energy manager for the school district, recognized the 18 schools at DD2’s board meeting June 23. Freibert was hired more than two years ago to implement an energy-saving program for the district.

Freibert said schools who earn an Energy Star certification use 35 percent less energy and have 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings.

“This was done through teamwork,” Freibert said, adding strategies to use less energy included setting temperatures back in the evenings, working with the schools, allowing CMI to do programming with the schools so they would operate more efficiently, and having technicians check on heating and cooling equipment.

“It just hasn’t been one thing,” Freiber said. “It’s been everyone working together as a team to reduce our energy consumption and get these buildings Energy Star certified.”

A score of 50 represents typical performance, while a score of 75 indicates that a facility performs better than 75 percent of all similar facilities nationwide. An Energy Star certificate goes to a school with a score of 75 or higher.

DD2 schools’ Energy Star scores are as follows:

Fort Dorchester High – 92

Reeves Elementary – 91

Ashley Ridge High – 90

Dubose Middle – 88

Alston Middle – 85

Summerville Elementary and Rollings Middle School of the Arts campus – 85

Oakbrook Elementary and Oakbrook Middle campus – 84

Beech Hill Elementary – 83

Spann Elementary – 83

Windsor Hill Elementary – 83

Givhans Alternative Program – 82

Knightsville Elementary – 81

Summerville High – 81

Flowertown Elementary and Newington Elementary campus – 77

Gregg Middle – 77

Fort Dorchester Elementary – 71

Eagle Nest Elementary – 64

River Oaks Middle – 64

Pye Elementary – 25

Freibert said earning an Energy Star certificate for 18 schools is “very impressive.”

“We are one of the top (districts) in South Carolina for receiving that many certifications for our schools,” she said. “We’ve done really well. We should be very proud.”

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