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Independence Elementary
4700 S. Memphis St.
Aurora, CO 80015
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Independence Elementary School, located in Aurora, CO, is a 56,000-square-foot facility that educates more than 500 students each year. The Cherry Creek School District's mission is to inspire every student to think, to learn, to achieve, and to care. The district recently performed renovations on several schools through a voter bond. Independence Elementary started the 2009-2010 school year with new lighting, flooring, and upgraded electrical and ventilation systems. Constructed in 1979, the school earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance in 2009 with a score of 82. Landscaping and irrigation work were also upgraded to use less water.


Independence Elementary School made many lighting upgrades to increase the energy efficiency of its facility. The school installed solar tubes to increase ambient light in classrooms and reduce the need for artificial lighting, as well as upgraded to more efficient lighting fixtures all over the building. In addition to making energy efficiency upgrades, the school created a student club called "The Green Team" which is engaged in recycling and increasing awareness about energy and water conservation. By engaging students, the school helps create and maintain a sustainable ethic in students, teachers, and staff.





Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Cherry Creek 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:*
Cherry Creek School District 5

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Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2009 (82)
2011 (84)
2013 (87)
2014 (86)
2015 (90)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 56299 sf

Year Constructed: 1976

Contract Type: None

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