Skelly Upper Earns Energy Star Certification

Fifteen Tulsa Public Schools have earned Energy Star certification from the Environmental Protection Agency. This recognition is presented to the most energy efficient buildings in the country.

An Energy Star award was given to the TPS Board of Education at its Feb. 21 meeting. Patrick Kelly, EPA Energy Star Region 6 coordinator, and Mike Bitar, regional president of Energy Education, presented the award to the board and TPS Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard. Energy Education is an energy conservation consulting company with more than 1,200 clients nationwide.

Energy savings at TPS buildings saved the district more than $4.2 million between September 2009 and December 2011.

"While the environmental impact is very significant, there's also a reality of financial impact in diverting dollars that were going to the utility providers now available to go to classrooms," Bitar said at the board meeting. He said TPS was projected to save more than $30 million over 10 years and is on target to meet or exceed that amount.

"We're very happy and honored that our energy conservation efforts have been recognized by Energy Star," Ballard said. "Our faculty, staff and board members each deserve a lot of credit for committing to this program. Our energy specialists have done a terrific job implementing our programs alongside Energy Education."

TPS' energy specialists are John Martin, Pete Worley and Tracy DeLaughter.

"These are the guys that are out in the middle of the night checking for lights that are left on, fans that are running and making this program work," said Bob LaBass, TPS director of bond projects and energy management. "They have become very committed to it, and they are very serious about trying to save this district money."

Bitar said success like TPS' requires total commitment. "While these individuals (Martin, Worley and DeLaughter) are absolutely essential, they'll be the first ones to tell you the staff from every level of the organization was absolutely critical," he said.

"Energy Ed has really shown us the way and they have been terrific partners for us," Ballard said.

The 15 buildings that earned Energy Star certification:

  • Anderson Elementary School
  • Carnegie Elementary School
  • Celia Clinton Elementary School
  • Cooper Elementary School
  • Grissom Elementary School
  • Hamilton Elementary School
  • McLain High School for Science and Technology and Junior High School
  • Memorial High School
  • Memorial Junior High School
  • Peary Elementary School
  • Salk Elementary School
  • Skelly Upper Elementary School
  • Will Rogers College High School
  • Wright Elementary School
  • Zarrow International School

For more information on the Energy Star program, visit www.energystar.gov. Information about Energy Education is available at www.energyeducation.com.

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