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ATLANTA (April 9, 2019) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 Office and the U.S. Department of Energy are honoring Greenville County Schools (GCS) as an ENERGY STAR partner in South Carolina for its outstanding contributions to public health and the environment. Enterprises such as these have earned ENERGY STAR Awards for demonstrating national leadership in cost-saving energy efficient solutions. CGS is among the 183 ENERGY STAR Award Winners nationwide that will be honored in Washington, D.C., on April 11.

“I applaud the 2019 ENERGY STAR Award Winners,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Bill Wehrum. “Their innovation and leadership enhance America’s economic competitiveness. Reducing costly energy waste improves air quality and public health while protecting the environment.”

“I congratulate our ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year for their leadership and commitment to taking action that will help us leave a healthier planet for future generations,” said EPA Acting Region 4 Administrator Mary S. Walker. “Additionally, their efforts demonstrate that energy efficiency is a smart business decision that supports their bottom line, and helps their customers save money and energy.”

For more than 25 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped save American families and businesses nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and associated reductions of over 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases. In 2017 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans save $30 billion in energy costs.

GCS is the largest public school system in South Carolina, educating more than 75,000 students across 85 schools. GCS has integrated ENERGY STAR tools and resources into its commitment to an effective energy management program and its goals to reduce energy cost and consumption.

Read more about each of the award winners’ achievements

About ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped save American families and businesses nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and achieve over 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions –all through voluntary action. In 2017 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid $30 billion in energy costs. More background information about ENERGY STAR can be found at: energystar.gov/about and energystar.gov/numbers.

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