Rockingham County Schools Receives Chairman’s Sustainability Award After Six Years of Conservation

EDEN, N.C. — Six years into a sustainability partnership that has seen Rockingham County Schools (RCS)
save $4.7 million, Cenergistic presented its Chairman’s Sustainability Award to the District.

Read about RCS’ recent program renewal here.

The Chairman’s Sustainability Award honors RCS’ long-term prioritization of sustainability. The RCS program, in place since 2014, has prevented carbon emissions equivalent to 76 million miles of automobile travel.

“Rockingham has found consistent savings through top-down support of the program,” said Troy Williams, Senior Vice President of Strategy at Cenergistic. “This program is positioned to continue its success thanks to a commitment to conservation across every level of the District.”

RCS personnel work closely with Cenergistic engineers, experts and 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. “This profound change absolutely is attributed to the Cenergisitic Energy Specialist, Mr. Gene Kelley.” said Dr. Sonja Parks, RCS Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Logistics. “He continually manages our utility usage, building automation, and community relations. Mr. Kelley audits our buildings throughout the week and at various times of the day, and we are able to extend the life of our lighting and HVAC equipment by reducing their operating times.”

“Since March, Cenergistic has been a valuable partner as we got schools ready for reopening,” said E.C. Stophel, RCS Director of Maintenance. “The dollar savings on top of that have proved this partnership a valuable resource.”

You can also read this story in the Rockingham Now here.

 

Rockingham County Schools Receives Chairman’s Sustainability Award After Six Years of Sustainability
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Posted by Rockingham County Schools on Friday, November 13, 2020

About Rockingham County Schools

Rockingham County Schools will provide a safe, dynamic and globally competitive education environment in which all students can reach their highest potential.

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 www.cenergistic.com.

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