Located outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) is the fourth largest school district in the Commonwealth of Virginia and continues to grow rapidly. It serves more than 63,000 students across 12 high schools, 13 middle schools, 54 elementary schools, a technology center, and an alternative education school--representing more than 9.3 million square feet. LCPS is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its continued commitment to increasing energy efficiency and educating students, staff, and parents about the importance of saving energy. Key accomplishments include:
· Saving more than $323,000 in electricity and natural gas costs in 2010, equivalent to hiring 7.5 first-year teachers at LCPS. Over the past 17 years, LCPS has saved more than $38 million in energy costs and prevented the emissions of almost 700,000 metric tons of CO2.
· Earning the ENERGY STAR for 36 schools in 2010.
· Continuing to use EPA's Target Finder tool to ensure that all new school buildings are Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR; the most recent school design received an ENERGY STAR score of 84.
· Promoting the fiscal and environmental benefits of energy efficiency using ENERGY STAR tools and resources through presentations within LCPS, as well as at the local, state, and national level.