May 5, 2020
The district was named a Florida ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy. The recognition is for earning ENERGY STAR certification for 90 schools and avoiding $7 million in energy costs in 2019. Pinellas County Schools is one of four Energy Star partners honored for outstanding contributions to public health and the environment. The district is among the 191 ENERGY STAR award winners nationwide honored this year as ENERGY STAR Award Winners.
ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations-including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®-rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions.
In 2015, the district 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.