CHARLESTON, S.C. — Four years after implementing an energy conservation program with Cenergistic, a nationwide energy sustainability company, across its campuses, Charleston County School District (CCSD) has cut energy use by 17 percent.
“Through a comprehensive approach to energy conservation, we’ve been able to scale our consumption to rates lower than at the start at the program, despite enrollment growth,” said Jeff Borowy, CCSD’s chief operating officer. “This program has delivered the success we were looking for.”
To find savings, CCSD personnel work closely with Cenergistic engineers, experts, and Energy Specialists to audit and optimize energy-using systems across the district to achieve peak efficiency. The Energy Specialists track energy consumption at all campuses through state-of-the-art smart technology to identify and correct areas that need immediate attention. Even in light of COVID-19, the Energy Specialists continue their work, albeit with a larger focus on remote optimization.
“We’ve worked with many districts in the Council of Great City Schools, but Charleston has been one of our most effective energy programs,” said Dr. Randy Hoff, P.E., Cenergistic vice chairman. “As an added benefit, their savings today can be invested in preparations for the return of students to the classroom in the fall.”
About Charleston County School District
Charleston County School District (CCSD) is the second-largest school system in South Carolina representing a unique blend of urban, suburban, and rural schools that span 1,000 square miles of coastal lands. CCSD serves more than 50,000 students in 85 schools and several specialized programs. CCSD offers a diverse, expanding portfolio of options — including neighborhood, charter, magnet, IB (international baccalaureate), and Montessori schools — and is divided into elementary and early, middle, and secondary Learning Communities, each led by an associate superintendent. With approximately 6,500 employees district-wide, CCSD is the fourth largest employer in the region.
Since 1986 Cenergistic has partnered with 1470+ educational, municipal government and healthcare organizations to achieve $5.8 billion in utility savings and cost avoidance. These strong results come from the application of Cenergistic’s organizational behavior-based strategies and are enhanced by our proprietary software platform to drive building and equipment optimization. Our energy conservation program reduces utility consumption by an average of 25% with no capital investment while maintaining or improving the comfort and quality of building environments. For more than a decade, Cenergistic has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year or Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence. To learn more, visit www.cener2staging.wpengine.com.