DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. — To honor a 32-percent reduction in utility spending and a long-term commitment to energy reduction, Cenergistic, a nationwide sustainability company, presented Walton County School District (WCSD) with its esteemed Chairman’s Sustainability Award.

The Chairman’s Sustainability Award honors WCSD’s long-term energy program. With a successful program going on its tenth year and significant savings, WCSD has demonstrated leadership in sustainability.

“Cenergistic got us started on an energy conservation program, and the savings we made through this conservation have been redirected to boost student achievement,” said Russell Hughes, WCSD Superintendent. “We plan to further the savings of this program over the years to come.”

To find savings, district personnel follow processes learned from Cenergistic engineers and experts to audit and optimize energy-using systems across the organization for peak efficiency.

“Few programs have reached the level of long-term success Walton County has achieved.” said Steve Jones, Regional Vice President for Cenergistic. “Reaching this level of savings has had a significant positive impact for the district and surrounding community, and I am pleased to present our Chairman’s Sustainability Award.”

Read more on the WCSD website here.

About Walton County School District

Walton County School District (WCSD) is committed to excellence in education. All WCSD public schools are accredited by AdvancED, which is a national accrediting organization formed through a partnership of regional accrediting agencies, including SACS CASI. The district is among the top performing school districts in the state.

WCSD has six elementary, three middle, three high schools, one K – 12 school, two alternative education schools, three charter schools, and a career development center school.

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