Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Partner of the Year
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) serves more than 67,000 students across 85 schools and more than 11 million square feet. VBCPS is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year recognition for its successful use and promotion of ENERGY STAR tools and resources with dramatic improvements in the 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR scores of many VBCPS schools. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Increasing the ENERGY STAR score of Strawbridge Elementary School from 23 to 94, winning an American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) regional award in the process.
- Reducing source energy use intensity by 6 percent across all buildings in just one year, resulting in over $1 million in avoided costs.
- Using VBCPS energy conservation measures—such as a geothermal system at Providence Elementary School—as tools for experiential education.
- Investing in energy performance contracting, thereby creating a funding mechanism to complete energy efficiency retrofits and renovations.
- Incorporating energy conservation topics and educational materials into curriculum to encourage savings through behavioral change.
- Holding briefings for senior VBCPS leadership on environmental and energy management practices and successes.
- Increasing staff awareness of energy conservation through the use of the ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management.