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EPA, DOE PRESENT ENERGY STAR LABEL FOR BUILDINGS TO MILWAUKEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND MILWAUKEE AND MADISON U.S. COURTHOUSES



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 <<...OLE_Obj...>> 	Technical Contact: Audrie Washington  (312) 886-0669
Media Contact: William Omohundro  (312) 353-8254  For Immediate Release:
September 19, 2000  No. 00-OPA206    EPA, DOE PRESENT ENERGY STAR LABEL FOR
BUILDINGS TO MILWAUKEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND MILWAUKEE AND MADISON U.S.
COURTHOUSES  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department
of Energy (DOE) today presented Energy Star Labels for Buildings to
Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), the historic Milwaukee U.S. Courthouse, and
the Robert W. Kastenmeir U.S. Courthouse in Madison, WI, recognizing them as
some of America's most energy-efficient facilities.  Francis X. Lyons,
administrator of EPA's Great Lakes Region, and Juli Pollitt, acting director
of DOE's Chicago Regional Office, presented the Energy Star Labels to MPS
and the General Services Administration (GSA) at an 11 a.m. ceremony in the
atrium of the U.S. Courthouse in Milwaukee. GSA is the agency that manages
the courthouse buildings.  MPS is the first school district in the Midwest
to qualify any of its buildings, and Milwaukee's historical 101-year-old
U.S. Courthouse is the first courthouse in Wisconsin to earn the label.
Energy Star offers the only national rating system for energy performance in
buildings, recognizing them for having overall energy performance among the
top 25 percent of all similar-use buildings nationally.  Energy Star is also
the latest in a series of EPA common sense market-based partnership programs
that spur investments in more energy efficient, cleaner technologies.  "EPA
applauds the Milwaukee Public Schools and the General Services
Administration for joining a program that is not only good for the
environment, but for our agencies, employees, taxpayers, our schools, and
our children," EPA Regional Administrator Lyons said.  These buildings had
to also meet tough indoor air quality standards. Some 848,400 square feet
have been upgraded in the MPS. The reduction in energy consumption
translates to an air pollution reduction of 9.2 million lb of carbon
dioxide, which is equivalent to planting 1,300 acres of trees (same as a
forest 950 times the size of Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers),
and removing 900 cars from the roads.  About 559,000 combined square feet
have been upgraded at the U.S. Courthouse buildings. The reduction in energy
consumption translates to an air pollution reduction of 4 million lb of
carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to planting a forest the size of 58
Lambeau Fields.  MPS Energy Star recipients are: Christopher Latham Sholes
Middle School; John Greenleaf Whittier Elementary School; Dover Elementary
School; Kagel Elementary School; Greenfield Montessori Elementary School;
Luther Burbank Elementary School; Hampton Avenue Elementary School; Ralph
Waldo Emerson Elementary School; Henry Longfellow Elementary School; Samuel
Clemens Elementary School; Hi-Mount Boulevard Community Elementary School;
and William Cullen Bryant Elementary School.  ###  <<...OLE_Obj...>>
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