CAMDEN COUNTY, GA, January 8, 2019 — Camden County Schools (CCS), located on the southernmost coast of Georgia, received from Cenergistic today the Chairman’s Sustainability Award for its outstanding cost savings within Cenergistic’s Sustainability and Energy Conservation Program, having reached $5.6M in utility and energy savings.
The Chairman’s Sustainability Award is given to clients who have reached a significant savings milestone and celebrates a solid, sustainable conservation program with the support and cooperation of administration, faculty and staff. Camden County Schools has achieved a 37.9% costs savings, totaling $5.6M, since partnering with Cenergistic, the equivalent of removing 5,889 cars from the road, planting 724,856 tree seedlings and a CO2 savings of 28,269 metric tons.
“Reaching this level of savings is a significant achievement. Camden County Schools has done an excellent job of implementing Cenergistic’s organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation and maintaining productive efforts at all levels of the organization. The administration and all staff members are to be commended for clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the organization’s energy dollars and the environment,” said Dr. William S. Spears, Chairman and Founder of Cenergistic.
“Strong support from everyone involved in the organization has created an atmosphere of cooperation that should continue to grow and ensure even greater success well into the future,” Dr. Spears said. “I am extremely pleased to present Camden County Schools with our Chairman’s Sustainability Award.”
Not only has CCS achieved outstanding cost savings, the district is also an ENERGY STAR® partner, with 14 buildings within the district having received ENERGY STAR® certifications since implementation of the program, a sought-after certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The goal in partnering with Cenergistic in 2011 was to minimize energy consumption and related costs in order to maximize funds available for use in the classroom. As the CCS website states, “Every Dollar Saved on Energy is a Dollar Saved for Education.” In addition to achieving these goals, the program has helped maintain building comfort & safety, eliminate energy waste by changing energy use patterns and habits, and created a culture of sustainability among faculty and students. CCS personnel have worked closely with Cenergistic engineers and its embedded Energy Specialist to audit and optimize each energy-using system throughout the district using cloud-based machine learning software to identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.
The success of the program is a result of a team effort including the Board and Superintendent for initiating and supporting the program, principals for leading school efforts, teachers for reducing energy waste in classrooms, custodians for awareness in operating buildings and maintenance staff for ensuring well maintained, efficient building systems.
About Camden County Schools
Camden County Schools is on a mission to motivate, inspire and challenge their approximately 9,000 students every day, served within nine elementary schools, two middle schools and one comprehensive high school with a 9th Grade Center recently added. In 2018, Camden earned a district average of 84.4, which is more than 7 points above the state average of 76.6 on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). The Class of 2018 received over $10M in scholarships to pursue post-secondary education. To learn more, visit their website here.
For 33 years Cenergistic has helped over 1,450 K-12 districts, institutions of higher education, governments and healthcare facilities find more than $5.3B in hidden electricity, natural gas and water savings by applying our advanced Ceres™ software platform and sustainability-as-a-service solutions on their campuses. Superintendents, CFOs, COOs and board members can reduce energy and water spending by 20-30% annually with no capital investment, while improving the comfort and quality of classroom and building environments, helping students and employees achieve their full potential. For ten consecutive years, Cenergistic has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. To learn more visit www.cenergistic.com.