ST. IGNACE, Mich. — A project by a school district in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is one of six public projects recognized for leadership in reducing building energy waste through performance contracts.

The state on Wednesday announced the winners of the 2017 Leaders in Energy Efficiency Awards sponsored by Michigan’s chapter of the Energy Services Coalition.

St. Ignace Area Schools developed a comprehensive $1.1 million program that addresses its capital needs, rising energy costs and deferred maintenance.

Other winners include Branch County for a $1.3 million project that upgraded lighting, replaced boilers and a chiller in the county courthouse and installed a new energy management system. Monroe County Community College installed a geothermal system that is expected to last 50 years.