In December 2012, The Walker School received official confirmation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the school is now an ENERGY STAR certified facility after earning an 80% energy efficiency rating!
To qualify for this important designation, data was collected regarding the school's electric, gas, and water consumption over the past several years and matched against parameters such as the school's square footage, lighting density, hours of operation, and geographic location.
In addition, our Technology Department joined the ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign by pledging to enable power management, or sleep mode, on our copiers, printers, computers, and monitors. This simple step, combined with virtualizing our servers, will further reduce our demand for electricity.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Over the past 20 years, American businesses have prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.