California

Cenergistic Community College Client Recognized for Leadership in Energy Conservation

San Bernardino Community College District, a Cenergistic client since June 2012, was honored with an award for Leadership in Energy Conservation at the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit this month.

The Summit is the largest annual event focused on green programs in the nation’s largest K-12 system and higher education systems. The Leadership awards were established by the Summit’s Advisory Board to honor individuals and school districts on the leading edge of school sustainability.

Green Technology, the non-profit host of the Summit, said of the district’s award: “… California’s taxpayers, benefit from the District’s extensive energy savings plan. Working with an energy conservation management company, the District has reduced its electric consumption by almost 24 million BTU’s — the equivalent of 1,483 metric tons of greenhouse gases or the planting of over 38,000 trees grown for 10 years.”

Commenting on the college’s energy conservation efforts in the San Bernardino Sun, Chancellor Bruce Baron said that integrating sustainability into strategic planning allowed the district to utilize district resources to meet the needs of current students and employees without compromising the ability of future students and employees to meet their own needs. The energy conservation program that district is undertaking with Cenergistic is a crucial component of that effort.

“We have taken a very business-like approach to cutting costs through energy savings — but not at the expense of our students or employees. Safety and comfort are still the measurements that matter,” wrote Chancellor Baron in a guest column for the newspaper. “Our focus is on energy efficiency — the optimal utilization of the energy we use. The savings figure given above, $950,000, covers January 2013 to May 2014. The savings continue to grow. As of Aug. 31, 2014, the San Bernardino Community College District has documented savings of over $1.2 million — or 17.66 percent of the expected energy costs over that same period. Our energy management specialist projects a savings of $1.4 million by the end of 2014, and over $7.75 million by 2022.

“I am proud that we have succeeded in creating an “energy conservation culture” at the district.”

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