(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) — San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) is celebrating a 44 percent reduction in Districtwide energy consumption, which earned it a prestigious Energy Excellence Award from Cenergistic.

The Energy Excellence Award is given to Cenergistic clients who have reached noteworthy financial savings from an energy program. Under this partnership, 31 percent of expected costs were avoided, 71 District buildings achieved ENERGY STAR® certification and the SBCUSD program created a significant environmental impact. The energy consumption avoided equates to each of the 14.5 million cars in California foregoing an 18-mile trip.

Cenergistic officially presented the award to the SBCUSD Board of Education during the March 3 Board meeting.

“When we first partnered with Cenergistic back in 2012, we were mostly hoping to control rising utility costs,” said Superintendent Dr. Dale Marsden. “By having Cenergistic on board, they’ve been able to provide us with the support we need for energy management.”

To find savings, SBCUSD personnel work closely with Cenergistic engineers, experts and the Energy Specialists to audit and optimize energy-using systems across the organization 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.

“We commend San Bernardino’s administration and staff members for their commitment to the success of the energy program,” said Randy Hoff, vice chairman of Cenergistic. “Reaching this level of savings has had a significant impact on the District, and I am extremely pleased to present SBCUSD with our Energy Excellence Award.”

About San Bernardino City Unified School District

The San Bernardino City Unified School District serves approximately 50,000 students and is the eighth-largest school district in California. Two schools, Richardson PREP HI Middle School and Middle College High School, were named National Blue Ribbon Schools and the Distirct has 16 California Distinguished Schools. The District is comprised of 50 elementary, 11 middle, 8 high schools, and one adult school. This includes 2 alternative schools, 1 community day school, and Anderson School to serve our diverse students.

About Cenergistic

Since 1986 Cenergistic has partnered with 1450+ educational, municipal government and healthcare organizations to achieve $5.6 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.