CALUMET CITY, IL--(Marketwire - September 25, 2009) - Students of Lincoln Elementary District #156 now have a new and enhanced playground and will benefit from a number of building renovations. The renovations were completed by Energy Systems Group (ESG), a specialized energy service provider, and will provide the school district with over $52,400 in energy and operational savings annually.

The renovation of the east playground area included improvements to the drainage system, and a new, smooth, play surface which improves drainage and utilization by the district. In addition, the SMARTE fall protection pads installed around the play equipment result in the highest possible fall protection rating commercially available.

In addition to the new playground, Energy Systems Group has implemented a number of energy efficiency measures. Key facility upgrades provided by ESG's Chicago-based team include two new heat exchangers for roof top units, lighting occupancy sensors throughout the school district, window and door replacements in the elementary school wing, roof replacement and repair, and new flooring in three classrooms.

"The Lincoln School leadership is dedicated to providing our students with quality resources and facilities," said Dr. Darryl Taylor, school superintendent. "The renovations and new equipment installed will not only improve our students' learning environment, but will further position our school district towards becoming green and more energy efficient."

"We commend Lincoln Elementary District on this innovative collaboration to upgrade their buildings and playground, thereby enhancing their students' educational environment and comfort, while reducing their energy costs and carbon footprint," said Dan Legler, ESG account executive.

Energy Systems Group (ESG) is an award-winning energy services company that specializes in delivering sustainable energy solutions which allow building owners to maximize their energy efficiency and operational performance, while reducing their carbon footprint. Through its core business of performance contracting, Energy Systems Group provides customers with innovative energy efficiency, technology, and long-term financing solutions for modernization of their facilities and energy infrastructure. Renewable energy solutions and assets are adding a whole new dimension to the company's growth. To learn more about Energy Systems Group, visit

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