Rochester Public Schools Receives Environmental Excellence Award

February 5, 2021
ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Rochester public school district has gotten an Environmental Excellence Award for reducing its carbon emissions through energy conservation.
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“Energy conservation not only reduces our carbon footprint but also provides an opportunity to reduce utility expenses,” said John Carlson, Executive Director of Finance at Rochester Public Schools (RPS). “Having a program this impactful inspires our students to better the planet and demonstrates shrewd use of public funds to our community.”

Since 2018, RPS has teamed with Cenergistic to audit and optimize energy-using systems across the district to achieve peak efficiency. School officials say the money saved is equivalent to buying 5,200 Chromebook computers for students and the emissions prevented are like eliminating 17.8 million miles of car travel.

“Reaching such a significant environmental impact shows how committed the District is to saving taxpayer money and managing our planet’s resources,” says Doug Bilyeu, Regional Vice President at Cenergistic. “This award recognizes your commitments and the impacts they’ve already had.”

Cenergistic says it has partnered with over 1495 educational, municipal government and healthcare organizations since 1986 to achieve $6 billion in utility savings and cost avoidance.

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About Rochester Public Schools

Rochester Public Schools is a high performing public school district located in the middle of South-Eastern Minnesota and spans 218 square miles. There are 27 schools in the district; 17 Elementary Schools, 4 Middle Schools, 3 High Schools, and 1 Alternative Learning Center. There are over 18,100 students in the district, more than 80 spoken languages, and approximately 85% of our students graduate from high school in four-years.

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