The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program is featuring Cenergistic client Brazosport Independent School District as part of its national Certification Nation campaign. Brazosport was recognized for the significant strides it has made to reduce its energy use. The ensuing energy cost savings have been used to provide raises to teachers and staff along with other improvements. Brazosport had 15 buildings earn ENERGY STAR certification in 2014, the first time any district building has earned ENERGY STAR certification.
The Certification Nation campaign is encouraging organizations and business to earn ENERGY STAR certification for their buildings in 2014 to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the first ENERGY STAR certification of a commercial building.
Here’s the article:
“Brazosport schools were facing serious financial issues in 2011. The district administration knew that reducing the $4 million spent annually on energy costs could be part of the solution. Understanding that both the equipment in the building and the people using it contribute to the overall energy use, the district decided to use a one-two punch. It hired Cenergistic to undertake an energy conservation program to ensure that its energy infrastructure was operating at optimal efficiency and to teach staff to use energy more efficiently. And it hired Schneider Electric to install new, energy-efficient equipment.
“They’ve achieved knockout results: Energy costs have been reduced by more than 40% and, for the first time, 15 district buildings earned the ENERGY STAR in 2014. Best of all, the district was able to use the money it saved on energy bills to provide teachers with a 4% raise. Now that’s something to cheer about.”
You can find the story on Certification Nation at this link: http://www.energystar.gov/buildings/about_us/how_can_we_help_you/recognition/earn_recognition_your_building_or_plant/certification_nation-0