LARGO, Fla. — Pinellas County Schools recently extended its partnership with Cenergistic, a nationwide sustainability company, for an additional three years. The district has slashed its energy consumption 28 percent since 2015 and has achieved extraordinary success over the initial five-year term of the program.
The 28 percent energy use reduction resulted in over $33 million saved, and the district has been recognized with more than 250 ENERGY STAR® Building Certifications — recognition reserved for the top 25 percent of K-12 buildings nationwide. The district also earned ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for two consecutive years. The average cost per square foot to power PCS schools has gone from $1.43 in 2015 to $1.17 today.
“Redirecting critical dollars towards higher priority items was a goal I set with the school board five years ago,” said Superintendent Michael Grego. “Cenergistic partnership has generated enormous savings through energy conservation, and it has proved invaluable during the COVID crisis.”
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Read previous press about our partnership with PCS.
- PCS earns 92 ENERGY STAR Building Certifications
- PCS named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
- PCS receives Cenergistic Environmental Excellence Award
About Pinellas County Schools
Pinellas County Schools serves over 100,000 students in more than 140 schools, is the seventh-largest district in Florida and 26th-largest in the nation. Pinellas offers a wealth of educational choices, including 70 application programs suited to students’ interests, talents, and abilities, as well as dozens of career-focused and STEM magnet programs at all grade levels. Pinellas’ vision is 100% student success and its mission is to educate and prepare each student for college, careers, and life. To learn more, visit their website here.
Since 1986 Cenergistic has partnered with 1450+ 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.