February 13, 2020 Facilities

Twenty-One Sioux City Community School District Buildings Earn EPA ENERGY STARs

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Twenty-one buildings from the Sioux City Community School District (SCCSD) have earned 2019 ENERGY STARs for superior energy performance. This is the 6th year schools from the District have earned an ENERGY STAR Certification, reflecting a legacy of continued energy savings. The honor is given by the federal government for superior performance in energy efficiency.  

These energy star certifications are earned due to the efforts in putting in place by the District’s Energy Management program and supported by employees of the District. In the last four years, the District’s certifications have earned Sioux City recognition on the top 10 list of energy-efficient like-size communities.

The District’s partnership with Cenergistic, a national energy conservation company, is also pivotal to achieving the success of these certifications. The partnership has resulted in the District avoiding close to 30 percent of its expected utility costs to date. To find savings, District leaders and Cenergistic personnel collaborate to audit and optimize energy-using systems across the organization to achieve peak efficiency. 

ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy, hours of operation, and other key metrics. ENERGY STAR is the only energy efficiency certification in the United States that is based on actual, verified energy performance.

On average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants use 35 percent less energy, cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers—all without sacrifices in performance or comfort.

The following District buildings have earned 2019 ENERGY STAR Certification: Bryant Elementary, Clark Early Childhood Center, East High School, East Middle School, Educational Service Center, Hunt A+ Arts Elementary, Irving Dual Language Elementary, Leeds Elementary, Liberty Elementary, Loess Hills Computer Programming Elementary, Morningside STEM Elementary, Nodland Elementary, North High School, North Middle School, Perry Creek Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Spalding Park Environmental Sciences Elementary, Sunnyside Elementary, Unity Elementary, West High School, and West Middle School.