North Little Rock School District’s Energy Conservation Success Earns EPA Energy Star Certification
August 18, 2023
North Little Rock School District announced today that 12 district buildings have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification. This recognition is presented to the most energy efficient buildings in the country.
“We are exceptionally delighted to receive this acknowledgement from ENERGY STAR,” said North Little Rock School District’s Superintendent Dr. Gregory J. Pilewski. “It’s confirmation we’re running healthier, more capable facilities for our students, staff, and the community.”
Chief Financial Officer Brian Brown stated, “By implementing a comprehensive energy conservation program in partnership with Cenergistic, we have achieved remarkable results that benefit both taxpayers and the local environment. Our devoted efforts in energy conservation over the past 4 and half years have resulted in substantial savings, surpassing $2.93MM. Moreover, the positive environmental impact cannot be understated, equivalent to a reduction of 16,925 metric tons of CO2 emissions or the planting of approximately 280,000 trees within our community. It is with great joy that we acknowledge the recognition our district has received from ENERGY STAR, further validating our accomplishments here in North Little Rock.”
North Little Rock School District buildings earning ENERGY STAR Certification include: Amboy Elementary School, Boone Park Elementary School, Crestwood Elementary School, Glenview Elementary School, Indian Hills Elementary School, Lakewood Elementary School, Meadow Park Elementary School, Ridge Road Elementary School, Seventh Street Elementary School, North Little Rock Academy, North Little Rock Middle School, and North Little Rock High School. To earn ENERGY STAR Certification, buildings must rate in the top 25 percent nationwide for energy efficiency and meet ventilation standards.
The utility expense is one of the largest operational costs for North Little Rock School District, and the prices for electricity, natural gas, water, and sewage have been steadily increasing. To combat these rising energy and utility costs, North Little Rock School District entered into a partnership in 2018 with Cenergistic to implement a comprehensive organizational behavior-driven energy conservation program throughout all its buildings and campuses. Cenergistic guarantees the conservation program will save taxpayer dollars.
Article Credit: Cenergistic