FCPS Earns Recognition as Energy Star Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence in 2019
For 2019, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has been named an Energy Star® Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence winner for its continued efforts to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings and facilities. The school district’s accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., on April 11.
FCPS earned the EPA’s Energy Star® certification in 2015 and also has the most schools meeting Energy Star® standards of any school division in the country. The district has a long-standing partnership with EPA that combines principal engagement, energy-saving practices, and the use of Energy Star® certified equipment into its ongoing commitment to find new ways to save energy, protect the environment, and promote its Energy Star® successes with the program. Key accomplishments in 2018 included:
• Saving more than $5 million in energy costs in 2018 through a comprehensive energy program that has saved more than $23 million since 2014.
• Earning Energy Star® certification for 173 buildings in 2018.
• Enacting a student-driven energy conservation program in more than 50 schools that included student-conducted home energy audits.
• Hosting its second Battle of the Buildings contest to encourage student competition and energy conservation. A total of 27 schools participated; winners received water bottle filling stations to help reduce plastic waste.
• Implementation of an extensive outreach program to promote Energy Star® and energy efficiency that resulted in more than 67,000 impressions via Twitter, 74,000 Facebook likes, and over 3,000 Get2Green newsletter subscribers.
• Installing Energy Star® certified equipment during new construction and renewal projects along with LED lighting and classroom occupancy sensors, water source heat pumps, variable refrigerant flow systems, variable frequency drives, energy recovery units, and low-flow plumbing fixtures.
FCPS’s energy conservation program keeps the use and cost of energy in check in support of the School Board’s policy 8542-Environmental Stewardship.
FCPS also has a robust Get2Green program that engages students in environmental action such as recycling, composting, building wildlife and native plant habitats, conserving energy, and growing food. It partners with the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program, providing a framework for student involvement and action.
FCPS was recognized by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments with the 2016 Climate and Energy Leadership Award in the educational institution category for the Get2Green program, and by the Virginia School Boards Association as a Certified Green School Division in 2016.