Kingsway Receives National Energy
Star Award for Energy Conservation


District News Release
January 25, 2011

Woolwich Township, NJ – The Kingsway Regional School District announced today the federal government’s ENERGY STAR Program has bestowed the prestigious ENERGY STAR Label on its Middle School building. This recognition is presented to the most energy efficient school buildings in the country. Kingsway Middle School is the first school in Gloucester County to ever receive this award!

“We are extremely pleased to receive this recognition from ENERGY STAR,” said Kingsway Regional School District Superintendent Dr. James J. Lavender. “Our energy conservation efforts are saving taxpayer dollars while also helping protect our local environment."

"Since our district began partnering with Energy Education on a serious energy conservation program we have reduced our energy consumption by 33%, saved $589,000 district wide and the environmental impact is equal to taking 358 cars off the street or planting 51075 trees in our community. We are proud that our energy saving success is being recognized by ENERGY STAR.”

Kingsway Regional Middle School received the ENERGY STAR Label for 2010. To be
recognized with an ENERGY STAR Label, school buildings must rate in the top 25 percent nationwide for energy efficiency.

The cost of utilities is the one of the largest budget line-items for Kingsway Regional School District, and the prices for electricity and natural gas have been steadily increasing. To combat these rising energy and utility costs, the district entered into a partnership with Energy Education, Inc. to implement a comprehensive people-driven energy conservation program throughout its buildings and campus.

“Energy Education guarantees the conservation program will save taxpayer dollars,” said John Samuel, Energy Manager. In 2009 and 2010, Energy Education received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, validation at the highest level of their efforts in energy conservation and efficiency.

“Our students, staff and teachers embrace the energy conservation program at our campus,” said Troy Walton, Middle School Principal. His school received the ENERGY STAR Label awards. “Each of us can make a difference through energy conservation, because people use energy, school buildings don’t,” Walton continued. “We are part of a daily effort to improve the environment and save money district-wide. There are dozens and dozens of changes, large and small, that we have implemented that are saving energy without affecting our comfort or educational goals. We have all gained a real sense of accomplishment from this ENERGY STAR recognition.

 

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