Energy Star

Seven Unit 4 School Buildings were awarded ENERGY STAR Certification. The schools include: Carrie Busey, Kenwood, and Robeson Elementary Schools, Garden Hills Academy, Edison and Jefferson Middle Schools and Franklin STEAM Academy.

Much like an appliance in the home earns the ENERGY STAR label, buildings are also awarded Certification for energy efficiency. A building earning ENERGY STAR Building Certification has met strict energy performance standards set by the EPA and uses less energy, is less expensive to operate and emits fewer greenhouse emissions. To qualify for ENERGY STAR Building Certification, a building must score in the top 25 percent based on the EPA’s National Energy Performance Rating System.  

Cenergistic presented the certification at the Champaign Unit 4 Board Meeting on Monday, August 14th. Cenergistic representatives said they were proud and honored to announce that in 2023 Champaign Unit 4 School District has 7 buildings that earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance.

“On behalf of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and all of us at Cenergistic, congratulations on the significant recognition. We are very proud of our partnership with Champaign Unit 4 School District and your commitment to protect the environment, both today and for future generations,” stated Cenergistic.

This is the 2nd year that the district has earned ENERGY STAR recognition, representing the district’s sustained commitment to active energy management.

Champaign Unit 4 School District has the 2nd most ENERGY STAR K12 certified buildings of any school district in Illinois. 

On average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings use 35 percent less energy, cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers—all without sacrifices in performance or comfort.

To earn ENERGY STAR Certification, buildings are verified to perform in the top 25 percent nationwide for energy efficiency and meet strict ventilation standards. ENERGY STAR is the only energy efficiency certification in the United States that is based on actual, verified energy performance.