Mansfield School & Family Magazine Summer 2017 - Page 15

MISD Honored with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award. MISD Earns Fourth Consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award F or the fourth year in a row, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) honored Mansfield ISD with its annual Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence: Energy Management award for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. “This is the second major honor the district has received this year acknowledging our energy management program,” said MISD Superintendent Dr. Jim Vaszauskas, referring to the Texas Environmental Excellence Award presented to the district last month. “A key component of our program is that it not only allows us to steward our resources well, it also allows us to teach our students, parents and community how they can help save energy as well.” MISD serves nearly 33,000 students across more than 6 million square feet of building area. An ENERGY STAR® partner since 2006, the district is committed to energy conservation and encourages its students and community to join them in saving energy at school and at home. Key 2016 accomplishments include: ◊ Earning more ENERGY STAR re-certifications than any district in the state of Texas—40 schools have earned a total of 275 ENERGY STAR re-certifications in the past 10 years. ◊ Reducing utility costs by more than $1.6 million using ENERGY STAR tools and resources, improving energy efficiency by more than 22