Schools get Energy Star rating
Five Charlottesville City schools have received an Energy Star designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Johnson, Jackson-Via, Venable, Burnley-Moran and Clarke elementary schools have already received their designation and plaques; applications from Greenbrier Elementary and Charlottesville High School are still being processed, according to a press release.
To win an Energy Star rating, a building's energy performance must in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide. Charlottesville's schools are among 38 schools in the state that have received the designation. In the last several years, all city schools have implemented tracking of their utility costs; swapped out old bulbs for energy-saving lighting fixtures and low wattage lighting; and installed low-flow and automatic flush valves, among other energy efforts.