SEBRING, Fla. — After surpassing $2 million in savings from an energy conservation partnership, the School Board of Highlands County (SBHC) received the Energy Excellence Award from Cenergistic, a nationwide sustainability company.

The Energy Excellence Award is given to clients who have reached noteworthy financial savings from an energy program. The SBHC program, in place since 2015, has prevented carbon emissions equivalent to 24 million miles of automobile travel. The program achieved such success SBHC renewed the partnership in February.


We were excited to receive the Energy Excellence Award from Cenergistic at last week’s School Board meeting. Our schools…

Posted by The School Board of Highlands County on Tuesday, September 29, 2020


SBHC personnel work closely with Cenergistic engineers, experts and the Energy Specialist to audit and optimize energy-using systems across the organization to achieve healthier, more efficient buildings. The Energy Specialist tracks energy consumption at all campuses with state-of-the-art technology to identify waste and protect occupants.

In response to COVID-related shutdowns, the Energy Specialist used hundreds of facility audits to improve air quality and support facilities operations to ensure students can return to classes safely.

“The School Board of Highlands County has set the example for sustainability across the region,” said Steve Jones, Regional Vice President at Cenergistic. “This program has steadily increased savings since implementation, and the trajectory is only pointing up.”

About The School Board of Highlands County

All employees of the School Board of Highlands County will partner with students, families, and the community, to prepare our students for a successful future by building a strong foundation for responsible citizenship, preparation for college and careers, and empowerment to achieve personal excellence.

About Cenergistic

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

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