FCPS Named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year: Sustained Excellence for 2020

April 01, 2020

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has been named a 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year: Sustained Excellence. This is the fourth consecutive year that FCPS has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy for its continued efforts to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings and facilities.

The highest honor among ENERGY STAR awards is the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award. EPA presents the Sustained Excellence Award to partners that have already received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for a minimum of two consecutive years and have gone above and beyond the criteria needed to qualify for recognition.

For 2019, FCPS was recognized for the following:

  • Saving more than $7.3 million in annual energy costs in 2018 and 2019 and $30.1 million since 2013 through a comprehensive energy management program and partnership.
  • Earning ENERGY STAR certification for 60 buildings in 2019 under new, more stringent requirements.
  • Establishing a team of 10 energy education specialists that work directly with schools to establish greater energy awareness and saving actions, such as tighter scheduling of HVAC operations and quicker responses to equipment and system issues.
  • Implementing an extensive outreach program to promote ENERGY STAR and energy efficiency, reaching 337,000 Twitter and 88,000 Facebook followers, and more than 5,000 newsletter subscribers.
  • Installing ENERGY STAR certified equipment during new construction and renewal projects, including EPA WaterSense plumbing fixtures at six schools.
  • Upgrading FCPS Get2Green website and energy dashboard with live utility energy data and ENERGY STAR information. The website encourages student and teacher engagement and competition in energy conservation.