The City of Minneapolis has honored DeLaSalle for having one of the most energy efficient buildings in the city.
The school earned a 2015 Building Energy Performance Award because it had an ENERGY STAR score of 80 in 2014, which put it as the most energy efficient building among arts, community, and education buildings of 100,000 square feet or larger in the city.
Mayor Betsy Hodges recognized the school during a City Hall ceremony on October 14. Students Elisabeth Andre ‘17, Owen Cody ‘19, Olivia Haan ‘17, Simon Heimpel ‘17, and Isabel Watson ‘17 – all members of DeLaSalle’s GREEN Team – joined activity moderator Tim Lynch and Principal Jim Benson in accepting the award from Hodges.
This school year alone, DeLaSalle has expanded its composting program campuswide and moved to single sort recycling.
Over the past several years, DeLaSalle has increased its energy efficiency by replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent and LED lights, replacing a 1920s era boiler with a newer model, and implementing occupancy sensors, skylights, and a building automation system. Kitchen renovations including procurement changes, washable dishware, and a new dishwasher have further reduced waste and energy use.