DeLaSalle High School has earned ENERGY STAR certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Commercial buildings like DeLaSalle that earn EPA’S ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The DeLaSalle campus performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
In October, the City of Minneapolis recognized DeLaSalle with a 2015 Building Energy Performance Award because the school 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.
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.
This school year alone, DeLaSalle has expanded its composting program campuswide and moved to single sort recycling.
For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings: www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings