Fairfax County Public Schools
Falls Church, Virginia
Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is the tenth largest school division in the nation, serving more than 190,000 students across more than 200 buildings and receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition. FCPS has combined principal engagement, energy-saving practices, and the use of ENERGY STAR certified equipment into its ongoing commitment to finding new ways to save energy and promoting its ENERGY STAR successes. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Saving more than five million dollars in energy costs through a comprehensive energy program and saving more than $23 million since 2014.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification for 173 buildings in 2018.
- Enacting a student-driven energy conservation program in more than 50 schools that involved student-conducted home energy audits.
- Hosting its second Battle of the Buildings Competition to encourage student competition and energy conservation with 27 schools participating, with winning schools receiving water bottle filling stations to reduce plastic waste.
- Implementing an extensive outreach program to promote ENERGY STAR and energy efficiency including more than 67,000 impressions made through Twitter, 74,000 Facebook likes, and more than 3,000 FCPS Get2Green newsletter subscribers.
- Installing ENERGY STAR certified equipment during new construction and renewal projects, as well as LED lighting and classroom occupancy sensors, water source heat pumps, variable refrigerant flow systems, variable frequency drives, energy recovery units, and low-flow plumbing fixtures.