Pinellas County Schools was named the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The district was awarded 92 ENERGY STAR® building certifications in 2018, which makes them the highest-ranked district in the state of Florida for 2018. The achievement also designates the district as among the top 25 percent of energy-efficient buildings nationwide.
In 2015, PCS partnered with Cenergistic, a national leading energy conservation and sustainability company, to implement their energy conservation program with three primary goals: to improve and maintain building comfort, save money through a reduction in energy consumption to raise teacher salaries and fund student programs, and to change the district's culture to become a national sustainability leader. Cenergistic also facilitates the process of districts applying for and receiving ENERGY STAR® designations. With Cernergistics assistance, 52 percent of K-12 buildings in the United States have been awarded ENERGY STAR® certifications.
In addition to setting an ENERGY STAR® record in the state of Florida, PCS has established the goals of becoming a sustainability leader and achieving excellence in energy conservation among its peers, and, instilling a “second-nature” mindset of sustainability throughout the district and beyond.
The district has witnessed a 17.5 percent reduction in energy consumption and a total of $21.9 million in energy cost avoidance within the past four years. Pinellas County Schools is a strong leader in the community, with the latest recognition as ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year a further testament to its commitment and dedication to the environment.