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Pepper Ridge Elementary School
2602 Danbury Drive
Bloomington, IL 61704
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Pepper Ridge Elementary opened in 1992 with an addition in 1998 that brought the school more than 61,600 square feet. The building has a traditional four-pipe HVAC system, and was not designed with energy efficiency in mind. However, after McLean County Unit District No. 5 began a conservation program headed by Energy Education, Inc., the building?s occupants began taking measures to help improve efficiency. Despite the system, the building achieved a $1.148 per square foot energy cost the past year and an ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 77, an ambitious achievement for this type structure and HVAC system.


Naturally, much of the credit is due the staff members and more than 430 K-5 students who worked diligently to practice energy conservation techniques toward earning ENERGY STAR certification. Also, with less money spent on utilities, there are more funds for other priorities, namely to promote better student learning.


Communication activities include monthly electronic newsletters sent to all employees, email reminders, meetings with school groups, weekly building audits, semi-annual meetings with building administrators, and annual Board of Education reviews to demonstrate the progress of the program.


ENERGY STAR certification is prominently displayed in each location achieving that honor.  Together, the above measures help keep energy savings a top priority for each person in the district.




Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by McLean County Unit School District #5 or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
McLean County Unit School District #5

Property Manager:*
McLean County Unit School District #5

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2011 (77)
2012 (77)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 61624 sf

Year Constructed: 1998

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning