Hoopeston, Ill. – As students, teachers, and staff at Hoopeston Area Community Unit School District #11 begin a new school year, the school district is pleased to announce several new and innovative building improvements. These improvements include the construction of a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) laboratory in the middle school and the installation of a photovoltaic solar cell system. Underlining its dedication to improving the learning environment and promoting environmental and economic stewardship, the Hoopeston Area Community Unit School District #11 also partnered with Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider, to develop and implement comprehensive energy conservation measures.
The energy conservation measures and building improvements currently being implemented by ESG include a steam boiler plant replacement, a dedicated condensing hot water boiler for the gym and auditorium, asbestos abatement, and building controls upgrades – all of which will help save energy and reduce the school district’s carbon footprint by 59 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to planting 50 acres of forest annually. Additionally, ESG helped the school district qualify for $250,000 in Illinois State Board of Education Energy Efficiency grants and an Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Grant of $11,217 for lighting retrofits.
“These upgrades will not only improve the quality of learning environments, yet will also reduce energy and operational costs allowing us to invest those dollars for educational purposes,” said Mark Eighner, Hoopeston CUSD #11 business manager.
Due to the support of the school board and superintendent, Hoopeston CUSD #11 has successfully implemented a number of building upgrades over the years, qualifying for several grants, including a School Maintenance grant of $25,000 to replace water lines, an Energy Efficiency Improvements grant for $2,014 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and two grants from the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program, one for $42,256 in 2011 and another for $14,081 in 2013. Additionally, Hoopeston Area CUSD #11 is working with TheGrantHelpers.com to assist in the development of the educational and funding plans for the Middle School STEM Lab.
“We are excited about the positive impact of all the improvements underway, especially the construction of a new STEM lab for the middle school and the inclusion of technologies such as LED lighting and a photovoltaic solar cell system,” said Eighner. “With an unwavering dedication to providing quality education environments, our district continually strives to pursue cost-effective and innovative solutions.”
Energy Systems Group (ESG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation, is a leading energy services provider that specializes in energy efficiency, sustainability, and infrastructure improvement solutions in the government, education, healthcare, commercial, and industrial sectors. ESG also offers a full range of sustainable infrastructure solutions including waste-to-energy, distributed generation, and renewable energy. To learn more about ESG, visit www.energysystemsgroup.com.