After a successful showing in the 2012 competition, Harrisburg Academy once again threw our hat in the ring and participated in the 2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings, which aims to help improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings and protect the environment. The Academy ranked in the top 40% of all buildings who competed and 3rd overall among schools competing from Pennsylvania!
Harrisburg Academy battled it out against thousands of other teams from buildings across the country to continue to reduce our energy usage through improvements in energy efficiency with help from EPA’s ENERGY STAR program. Competitors measured and tracked their building’s monthly energy and water consumption using EPA’s ENERGY STAR online tracking tool, made improvements to their building’s performance, and shared their progress. More than 3,300 buildings from all 50 states, two U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia participated in the 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition representing more than 30 different types of commercial buildings, such as retail stores, schools, hotels and museums.
The final results for the 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition were recently released and again we made significant progress in 2013. Harrisburg Academy achieved a 3.8% energy use reduction through December 2013, saving approximately $7,532 and preventing 25 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere.
According to the EPA, energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and energy use at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. On average, 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. Thousands of businesses and organizations work with EPA’s ENERGY STAR program and are saving billions of dollars and preventing millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering our atmosphere each year.
Harrisburg Academy continues its commitment to environmental sustainability by incorporating energy efficiency and environmental sustainability into its programs and operations.