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January 28, 2004

EnergySmart Schools Program Earns School Board Association Endorsement

The Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) have unanimously endorsed DOE's EnergySmart Schools program. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham accepted the official endorsement on January 28th during a meeting at DOE headquarters. DOE is the first federal agency to receive an endorsement from the association. See the DOE press release.

The EnergySmart Schools program focuses on saving money for U.S. schools through reduced energy use, while creating a healthier and more learning-friendly classroom environment. According to DOE, about 25 percent of the energy used in U.S. schools is wasted because of energy inefficiency in their systems and operations. For a typical school, this amounts to about $100,000 in expenses for wasted energy each year. While improving energy use in schools and bus fleets, the EnergySmart Schools program also contributes educational materials that allow students to learn about energy efficiency and renewable energy, a combination that earned kudos from the NSBA for its "holistic approach." In addition, the NSBA endorsement reflects EnergySmart Schools' production of "Energy Design Guidelines for High Performance Schools," a seven-book series of guidelines tailored to specific climate zones. See the EnergySmart Schools program Web site.