Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) was one of only three school systems nationwide to receive the 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award.
Organizations that have earned Partner of the Year for several years in a row may earn the Sustained Excellence Award. Annual achievements must continue to surpass those in previous years. The other school systems that won this award were Des Moines, Iowa, Public Schools and Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Wash.
LCPS also was named a member of the EPA’s Certification Nation. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR awards, organizations with more than 15 ENERGY STAR buildings were given this designation. (LCPS had 47 ENERGY STAR buildings in 2014.) LCPS was one of 128 organizations from 33 states honored during a dinner sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday, April 20th, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Others honored included DIRECTV, Habitat for Humanity, Staples, Verizon, JCPenney and General Motors.
The Washington dinner was attended by LCPS Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams and School Board members Kevin Kuesters (Broad Run District) and Bill Fox (Leesburg District).
Loudoun County Public Schools(LCPS) was one of three school districts nationwide honored with the federalEnvironmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.
This is the third straightyear LCPS has won the Sustained Excellence Award, the EPA’s top-tierrecognition. Altogether, 74 Sustained Excellence Awards were presented on April29th during a banquet at the MarriottWardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The 2014 Sustained Excellenceawards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibitedoutstanding leadership year after year. Award winners are selected from thenearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.
The other school districtswinning this award were Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Wash., and theDes Moines, Iowa, Public School District. Among the businesses winning theSustained Excellence Award were the 3M Company, Colgate-Palmolive, Food Lion,General Motors, J.C. Penney, Kohls Department Stores, Raytheon, Sears andStaples.
LCPS Superintendent Edgar B.Hatrick accepted the award on behalf of the school system. School Board ViceChairman Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge District) and member Bill Fox (LeesburgDistrict) attended the event.
LCPS undertook acomprehensive energy management program in 1993. Since that time the schooldistrict has documented savings of $60.2 million.
Deputy EPA Administrator BobPerciasepe said his agency had come a long way since its first director,William Ruckelshaus, made this statement: “Our waters may not be swimmable andfishable yet, but at least they’re no longer flammable.”
“We’ve obviously come a longway since that time,” said Perciasepe. “We have continued to evolve and thechallenges we face continue to evolve. Sometimes they’re not clear to see.”
Working toward a sustainablefuture is now EPA’s mission, he added. “It’s not just an environmental matter,it’s much bigger than that… It’s also… focused on jobs and innovation.” Perciasepe said stricter environmental standards and increased economicproductivity are not mutually exclusive concepts. He said air pollution inAmerica had declined 70 percent between 1977 and 2011 while the gross domesticproduct (GDP) had more than doubled.“We need to put aside the arguments aboutwhether we have to choose.”
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has received its second ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence award from the US Environmental Protection Agency. This award is given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. The award recognizes ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors. Award winners are selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.
In the 20 year history of the ENERGY STAR program, and out of the nearly 20,000 ENERGY STAR partnerships, only 70 organizations have ever earned the Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award. In the category of Public School Districts, LCPS is one of only three districts to have won this award. The other two districts are: Evergreen Public Schools located in Vancouver, Washington and Gresham-Barlow School District located in Gresham, Oregon.
Loudoun County Public Schools received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest honor presented by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Energy, on Thursday, March 15th, in Washington, D.C.
The awards ceremony, held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, marked the 20th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR program.
“Two decades ago, the EPA had a bold vision,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson told those being honored. “We wanted to harness the energy of our economy and the forces of the market to encourage energy efficiency and prevent pollution. We saw an opportunity to harness market forces that would encourage consumers and companies to invest in cleaner, more innovative, more energy-efficient products.”
Jackson said ENERGY STAR is one of the most successful market-based programs the federal government has ever undertaken. More than 80 percent of Americans recognize the blue ENERGY STAR logo, which makes it one of the most recognizable brands in the country.
“The other 20 percent we’re working on.”
The logo can be found on products in more than 60 different categories, Jackson noted. More than a million homes have the ENERGY STAR label.
“The continued success of this program shows that we can protect our environment and strengthen our economy at the same time.”
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) was in good company in receiving the Sustained Excellence Award. Others receiving this recognition included Merck & Co., Inc.; Nissan North America, Inc.; Raytheon Company; Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing; J.C. Penney Company, Inc.; Food Lion; Kohl’s Department Store, Inc.; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; and G.E. Appliances & Lighting.
Only two other school districts – Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Wash., and Gresham-Barlow School District in Gresham, Ore. – received the Sustained Excellence Award.
LCPS had been named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
LCPS undertook a comprehensive energy management program in 1993. Since that time the school district has:
The ENERGY STAR is the national symbol for protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The 2011 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award recognizes organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency and conservation. Receiving the award for a second consecutive year is an indication of LCPS's sincere commitment to continued improvement to existing energy reduction efforts.
“Loudoun County Public Schools is pleased to accept EPA's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award in recognition of our energy use reduction efforts,” said LCPS Assistant Superintendant for Support Services Jeffery Platenberg, “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated a sustained commitment to environmental and fiscal stewardship.”
Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In 2010 alone, LCPS has prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to removing over 14,100 automobiles from the road for a year.
To earn the 2011 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for the second year, LCPS successfully continued its focus on the wise use of energy throughout the school system. Technologies LCPS utilizes include variable frequency drives, multi-zone HVAC and lighting capability, lighting retrofits and high-efficiency boiler/chiller system installations.
36 Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) buildings were awarded the EPA's ENERGY STAR label in 2010. Among the honored facilities was Middleburg Elementary (opened 1911), the oldest of LCPS' 79 schools.
The number of LCPS facilities honored by ENERGY STAR has grown consistently. In 2008, six schools and one support office were honored. That grew to 23 schools and one support office in 2009.
The keynote speaker for the awards banquet was EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.
“We can make environmental gains in a way that promotes innovation that cuts costs that boosts our economy,” said Jackson. “...The choice between a green economy and a green environment is a false choice...
“The true strength of ENERGY STAR is how it closes the gap between these two seemingly intractable ideas...ENERGY STAR uses government standards to reward the market-based drivers of our economy, our capacity for innovation and invention.”
Other organizations that were named ENERGY STAR partners of the year include Sunoco, Panasonic, the city of Louisville, Ky., Kimberly-Clark, Kohl's Department Stores and Canon U.S.A.
Earlier in the day, Platenberg, LCPS Director of Construction Kevin Lewis and energy education specialists Michael Barancewicz and John Lord met with U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) at the Capitol.
Loudoun County Public Schools has partnered with Energy Education, a Dallas-based energy-management firm, since 1993. Through this partnership the school system has generated a savings of more than $34.4 million in cost avoidance. Only two other school districts associated with Energy Education have won the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award (Kingston City, N.Y., Schools in 2001 and Whitefish Bay, Wis., Schools in 2009).
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. Last year alone Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved $17 billion on their energy bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles.