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Loudoun County Public Schools

Broadlands, Virginia

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence

Loudoun County Public Schools Broadlands, Virginia LCPS is the third largest school district in Virginia; with over 73,000 students attending 87 schools. LCPS operates facilities totaling over ten million sqft. In 20 years, LCPS has saved over $60 million on utility costs. During this time, energy use reductions represent the elimination of over 286,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. This is equivalent to removing more than 59,000 cars from the road for a year or over 7.3 million tree seedlings grown for ten years. The program is focused on conservation: individual’s efforts to reduce energy use; and efficiency: technologies and equipment which assist people in their efforts. People use energy, not buildings; their relationship to energy consumption and interactions with technology allow LCPS to succeed. -LCPS has forty-seven 2014 ENERGY STAR certified schools; six of which earned their first certification this year. -LCPS joins EPA in celebrating 20 years of ENERGY STAR buildings by sharing a success story as a premiere member of the ENERGY STAR Certification Nation. -In 2014, two schools confirmed as “Designed to earn the ENERGY STAR” earn an ENERGY STAR certification after a year of operation. This brings the total to three; six more schools are on the way soon. LCPS promotes “Designed to earn the ENERGY STAR” regionally. -The Governor of Virginia recognizes the value of LCPS participation in ENERGY STAR, among other sustainability actions, by awarding the district a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Silver Medal in 2014 and sending a letter of congratulations to all LCPS ENERGY STAR certified schools. -Although there has been unprecedented senior leadership change within the structure of LCPS, the value of the partnership with ENERGY STAR remains intact. “Every dollar that pays an unnecessarily high energy bill could be spent for a much better purpose – teaching children.”