Chevron Energy Solutions Receives Green Apple Award for Climate Change
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ — The Collaborative for High Performance Schools announced today that it has selected Chevron Energy Solutions to receive the 2008 Green Apple Award for Climate Change. The award recognizes the company’s work with school districts nationwide to capture energy and cost savings through energy-efficient facility improvements, conservation and solar power projects. Savings can be applied towards new textbooks, computers, building renovations and other important priorities, while also reducing the school district’s carbon footprint. The projects also provide an opportunity for students to learn about how energy efficiency and renewable power can combat climate change.
“Chevron Energy Solutions demonstrates exceptional leadership in assisting schools across the country to adopt high performance best practices,” said Charles Eley, Executive Director of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools. “Through their efforts, more than eighty school districts have reduced their energy consumption by twenty-five percent on average. Chevron’s program demonstrates their commitment to improving the environment for our nation’s schoolchildren.”
Some examples of Chevron Energy Solutions’ school district projects are:
— San Jose Unified School District (California) — The district will save more than $25 million in energy cost savings over the life of the 5.5-megawatt solar power system that Chevron Energy Solutions is designing, building, operating and maintaining. As a result, the district also expects to reduce its demand for utility power by 25 percent, which will lower carbon dioxide emissions by 37,500 tons — equivalent to planting 400 acres of trees.
— Milpitas Unified School District (California) — Chevron Energy Solutions is constructing a 3.4-megawatt solar power system that will save the district more than $12 million in energy costs. It is anticipated that the system will generate 75 percent of the district’s total annual electricity needs through solar energy and 100 percent of the district’s power during the peak-demand summer months.
— Chambersburg Area School District (Pennsylvania) — Energy-efficient improvements developed by Chevron Energy Solutions are saving the district nearly $3 million. The company upgraded and replaced lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, installed new energy management and control systems, replaced roofs and windows, installed an energy information system, and performed water conservation retrofits at eight of the district’s schools.
— Williamson County Schools (Tennessee) — Chevron Energy Solutions provided 27 buildings with facility improvements that are saving the district nearly $900,000 while improving indoor comfort. As a result of this program, the district received the state’s Pollution Prevention Partnership Award and an Energy Star Award, the only such award given to a school district in Tennessee.
“We are honored to receive the 2008 Green Apple Award for Climate Change,” said Jim Davis, president of Chevron Energy Solutions. “In recognizing our partnerships with school districts, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools is helping to raise awareness that education institutions can become energy efficient, reduce their carbon footprint, achieve cost savings, and improve their learning environment all at the same time.”
The award was presented to Chevron Energy Solutions by David Thorman, California State Architect, during a luncheon in Sacramento that was attended by more than 300 government and district officials.
About Chevron Energy Solutions
Chevron Energy Solutions designs and constructs sustainable energy projects, including building and renewable energy systems, that increase energy efficiency, reduce energy costs and ensure reliable, high-quality power. Since 2000, Chevron Energy Solutions has developed hundreds of projects involving energy efficiency or renewable power for education, government and business customers in the United States. Its parent, Chevron Corporation, is investing across the energy spectrum to develop energy sources for future generations by expanding the capabilities of alternative and renewable energy technologies. Chevron spent approximately $2 billion on alternative and renewable energy development between 2002 and 2006, and expects to spend more than $2.5 billion between 2007 and 2009.
About the Collaborative for High Performance Schools
The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) is the nation’s first green building rating program developed especially for school learning environments. The mission of CHPS is to improve the quality of education for our nation’s schoolchildren by facilitating the design of a new generation of high performance schools: places of learning that are environmentally sustainable, healthy and comfortable. For more information about CHPS, visit: http://www.chps.net/; for more information about Greentools, visit: http://www.chps.net/greentools.
Contact: Juliet Don, Chevron Energy Solutions, 415-733-4673
Chevron Energy Solutions
CONTACT: Juliet Don of Chevron Energy Solutions, +1-415-733-4673
Web site: http://www.chevronenergy.com/http://www.chps.net/