Fairfax County Public Schools
Falls Church, Virginia
Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is a school district in Virginia. FCPS uses ENERGY STAR to engage students, conserve energy and protect the environment and as a catalyst for stewardship throughout FCPS schools and the community. Key 2019 accomplishments include:
- Saving more than $7.3 million in annual energy costs in 2018 and 2019 and $30.1 million since 2013 through a comprehensive energy management program and partnership.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification for 60 buildings in 2019.
- Establishing a team of 10 Energy Education Specialists that work directly with schools to establish greater energy awareness and saving actions, such as tighter scheduling of HVAC operations and quicker responses to equipment and system issues.
- Implementing an extensive outreach program to promote ENERGY STAR and energy efficiency, reaching 337,000 Twitter and 88,000 Facebook followers, and more than 5,000 newsletter subscribers.
- Installing ENERGY STAR certified equipment during new construction and renewal projects, including EPA WaterSense plumbing fixtures at six schools.
- Upgrading FCPS Get2Green website and energy dashboard with live utility energy data and ENERGY STAR information. The website encourages student and teacher engagement and competition in energy conservation.