Mansfield ISD Magazine Summer 2016 - Page 6

Mansfield ISD Earns Third Consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award F or the third consecutive year, Mansfield ISD has won the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award, which qualified the district for the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. MISD is the only school district in Texas this year to earn that distinction. The Partner of the Year Award is the highest level of recognition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The award is given to organizations that perform at a superior level of energy management and prove organization-wide energy savings. Since the start of the MISD energy management program in 2012, the district has saved more than $5.2 million in water, electricity, and natural gas costs. The district’s carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced by nearly 20,000 metric tons. The program also educates students and families about the importance of turning off lights, closing doors, and turning off water to promote conservation and sustainability. “I am very excited that the district has been named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for the third straight year,” said Jeff Brogden, associate superintendent of facilities and bond programs. “Receiving the award is a testament to the dedication 4 Mansfield School & Family MISD Energy Specialist Kelly Campbell and Board President Dr. Michael Evans proudly accepted the ENERGY STAR award. of all MISD staff members to make a difference not only monetarily, but also environmentally. We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s commitment.” MISD has earned 261 ENERGY STAR building certifications since 2006, more than any other school district in the state. The ENERGY STAR awards ceremony took place on Wednesday, April 13 in Washington, D.C. As part of an incentive to participate in MISD’s energy program, two teachers and their principals were selected in a drawing to travel to the ceremony with the MISD energy team, Board President Dr. Michael Evans, and Superintendent Dr. Jim Vaszauskas.