Schools get ENERGY STAR qualification


The ENERGY STAR label can apply to numerous types of appliances and buildings, including schools, that are energy efficient. In order to earn the classification, K-12 schools have to:

• Rank in the top 25 for least energy used, efficiency in lighting, indoor air quality and thermal comfort among 100 similar buildings. The ranking is provided by the Environmental Protection Agency.

• Operate for at least eight months out of the year for at least 30 hours a week.

• Be at least 5,000 square feet.

• Report electrical meter data for at least 11 consecutive months of the year.

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More than half of School District 51 buildings now carry the energy-efficient ENERGY STAR label.

The district’s newest ENERGY STAR elementary schools are: Broadway, Chipeta, Dos Rios, Dual Immersion Academy, Lincoln Orchard Mesa, Loma, Nisley, Pear Park, Rocky Mountain, Scenic, Shelledy, Taylor and Wingate.

Bookcliff, East, Fruita, Grand Mesa and West middle schools are also ENERGY STAR schools, along with R-5 High, Gateway School, Emerson Administration Building and Hawthorne Administration Building.

Redlands Middle School and Mesa View, Rim Rock and Thunder Mountain elementary schools became ENERGY STAR schools last year.

The district has 25 elementary schools, eight middle schools, five high schools, one charter school, one K-12 school, a career center and three administrative buildings.

Of the nearly 9,000 ENERGY STAR buildings in the United States, 404 are in Colorado. Of those 404 buildings, 179 are schools, which means Colorado ranks fifth in the nation for number of ENERGY STAR schools, according to Barb Conklin with the Denver office of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Principals at each of the schools added to the district’s list of ENERGY STAR buildings were honored by the District 51 school board at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. Board members also approved the following project contracts at the meeting:

A $221,099.50 contract with PNCI to remodel the kitchen and work on an addition at Central High School. The project will use the last of the money left over from the district’s 2004 bond issue.

An $83,982 contract with Carpetime, Inc. to replace carpet at Rocky Mountain Elementary School.

A $78,420 contract with Whittle, Inc./TL Roofing to replace the roof over the pool at Fruita Monument High School.

A $53,640 contract with Rocky Mountain Decks and Floors, Inc. to replace the gym floors at Dos Rios and Rocky Mountain elementary schools.


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