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ENERGY STAR Leaders

Albemarle County Public Schools

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Top Performer (2010)

Albemarle County Public School Division in Virginia educates about 13,000 students in 26 school buildings representing approximately 2.3 million square feet of floor space. The mission of Albemarle County Public School Division is to establish a community of learners and learning, through rigor, relevance, and relationships, one student at a time. The school board and superintendent have committed to the Energy Management and Conservation Policy, which is the cornerstone of the district's energy initiatives. Monthly updates on energy and water usage are sent to each school, and ENERGY STAR ratings are updated in display cases each month.

Albemarle County Public School Division has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leaders Top Performer for achieving a portfolio-wide energy performance score of 78.  The district has also earned the ENERGY STAR label for superior energy performance for 19 of its school buildings. This year alone the district has avoided more than 800 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of planting more than 180 acres of trees.  Successful efficiency improvement measures include:

  • Communicating with schools about energy and water usage
  • Forming an energy team with representation from many departments and schools
  • Upgrading lighting and installing motion sensors
  • Conducting energy audits
  • Implementing the Energy Management and Conservation Policy
  • Modifying setpoints through the Building Automation System
  • Purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified office equipment and appliances and
  • Tightening building schedules for after-hours events.
Albemarle County Public School Division became an ENERGY STAR partner in April 2009.