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WINOOSKI (November 28, 2016) – Vermont Student Assistance Corp. has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification for the sixth year in a row, racking up its highest score yet for energy efficiency and strict performance levels set by the EPA.
“This is the sixth year we have received the award and our 90 score means our headquarters in Winooski scores in the top 10 percent of all similar buildings in the program across the country,” said Mike Stuart, VSAC vice president and CFO. “We’re saving money, protecting the environment and setting a standard for Vermont commercial buildings.”
Only nine commercial sites in Vermont qualified for the ENERGY STAR certification this year, according to the EPA.
Commercial buildings 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.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”
About VSAC – Changing Lives through Education and Training since 1965
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is a public, nonprofit agency established by the Vermont Legislature in 1965 to help Vermonters achieve their education and training goals after high school. VSAC serves students and their families in grades 7-12, as well as adults returning to school, by providing education and career planning services, need-based grants, scholarships and education loans. VSAC has awarded more than $600 million in grants and scholarships for Vermont students, and also administers Vermont’s 529 college savings plan. Share your VSAC story by email to myVSACstory@vsac.org or submit a video to YouTube. Find us at www.vsac.org or check in on Facebook and Twitter. #changing lives
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR. For more information about ENERGY STAR certification for commercial buildings, visit: www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings