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South Colonie's Energy Star Schools

Colonie Central High School Added to List of Energy Star Schools

Colonie Central High School has been added to the list of South Colonie schools earning the prestigious Energy Star label from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Seven South Colonie schools, overall, have earned this prestigious label over the years, which signifies that these buildings operate more energy efficiently than 75 percent of the schools in the United States. They include Roessleville, Saddlewood, Shaker Road and Veeder Elementary Schools, Sand Creek and Lisha Kill Middle Schools, and now Colonie Central High School.

The Energy Star designation is one more mark of success for the district’s multi-year energy conservation initiative. Since 2001, South Colonie has exceeded its energy savings projections and avoided more than $2.5 million in energy expenses.

South Colonie Superintendent Jonathan Buhner commended his staff and District Energy Manager James Brown for doing all the "little things" necessary to make this program work.

"Everyone has done such an excellent job and that's the only way we could have reached these milestones," Buhner said. "Our staff has gone the extra mile to control energy usage in our schools and other district buildings. Thanks to this dedication on the part of our employees, we have an additional opportunity to protect our community taxpayers' investment in our public schools."

The Energy Star designation for Sand Creek Middle School is particularly significant because it is the only school in New York State to achieve Energy Star status four consecutive years.

These Energy Star Awards come on the heels of other EPA honors. In 2006, South Colonie was also among 18 organizations recognized for achieving significant energy savings and leading their fields in responding to the agency's Energy Star Building Challenge. Those honored for achieving at least 10 percent energy savings included school districts, a hospital and supermarket, hotel, banking and commercial real estate companies.