Wakulla County School District earned national recognition for energy cost savings it has accrued over the past 25 months since forming a strategic alliance with Cenergistic, a national energy conservation company.
The national Energy Excellence Award was presented to Superintendent Bobby Pearce and the Wakulla County School Board at the October 20, 2014 School Board meeting. The award is in recognition of reaching over one million dollars in cost savings over the past two years which has reduced funds being spent on energy consumption by over 29 percent.
“This is not only a savings for the school district to be able to use these dollars more effectively in the classrooms, it is also a wiser use of the taxpayers’ dollars, and a way to help improve the natural surroundings we love here in Wakulla County,” noted Superintendent Bobby Pearce.
Dr. William S. Spears, Chairman and Founder of Cenergistic, said, “Reaching this savings mark is a significant milestone. Wakulla County schools have achieved success by consistently implementing the organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation and maintaining productive efforts at all levels of the organization. The Superintendent and Board, along with other administration, faculty and staff members are to be commended for clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money and of the environment.”
A key benefit of the Cenergistic program is that all implementation and sustainability costs come out of the existing utility budget, with savings projected to more than pay for the program.
As part of the program, Wakulla’s Energy Specialist Beth Brown tracks energy consumption which includes electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil by using energy accounting software. She compares energy use to a baseline period and calculates the amount of energy that would have been used had conservation and management practices not been implemented. By tracking consumption and analyzing energy use, she can quickly identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.
Ms. Brown works to help every person in every group take ownership of the energy he or she uses, including custodial, maintenance and operations, food service, faculty, staff, and administrators.
She is appreciative of how receptive they have been to helping the school district improve, plus to helping improve the environment.
Cenergistic was founded in 1986 as Energy Education and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Their clients are in 48 states and include school districts, colleges, healthcare institutions, and churches. This technology-powered, data-driven energy conservation company helps organizations reduce consumption by optimizing the infrastructure they already have and empowering people to become aware of the positive effects of their conservation efforts.
Cenergistic has earned national recognition from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, including the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.