Henry County Schools Receives Cenergistic Chairman’s Sustainability Award

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Pat Bannon of Cenergistic presented School Board Chair Dr. Joe DeVault, HCPS Energy Education Coordinator Ken Adkins, and Acting Superintendent Sandy Strayer with the Chairman’s Sustainability award during the October 4 School Board meeting.

Henry County, VA — Henry County Public Schools (HCPS), received from Cenergistic the Chairman’s Sustainability Award for its outstanding cost savings within Cenergistic’s Energy Conservation Program, having reached $4.8M in utility and energy savings.

The Chairman’s Sustainability Award is given to clients who have reached a significant savings milestone and celebrates a solid, sustainable conservation program with the support and cooperation of administration, faculty, and staff. Henry County Public Schools has achieved a 27% costs savings, totaling $4.8M, since partnering with Cenergistic, the equivalent of removing 4,032 cars from the road for one year or 496,254 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.

“Reaching this level of savings is a significant achievement. Henry County Public Schools has done an excellent job of implementing Cenergistic’s organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation and maintaining productive efforts at all levels of the organization. The administration and all staff members are to be commended for clearly
fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the organization’s energy dollars and the environment,” said Dr. William S. Spears, Chairman, and Founder of Cenergistic.

“Strong support from everyone involved in the organization has created an atmosphere of cooperation that should continue to grow and ensure even greater success well into the future,” Dr. Spears said. “I am extremely pleased to present Henry County Public Schools with our Chairman’s Sustainability Award.” Not only has HCPS achieved outstanding cost savings, but Martinsville was also ranked #9 among all American small cities by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) based on the number of Henry County schools that earned ENERGY STAR® certification. HCPS also participated in the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Green School Challenge and was also a U.S. Department of Education 2018 GreenRibbonSchool award winner.

The goal in partnering with Cenergistic in 2010 was to minimize energy consumption and related costs in order to maximize funds available for use in the classroom. In addition to achieving these two goals, the program has helped maintain building comfort and safety, eliminate energy waste by changing energy use patterns and habits and created a
“climate of conservation” among all faculty and students. HCPS personnel have worked closely with Cenergistic engineers, experts and its embedded Energy Specialist to audit and optimize each energy-using system throughout the district to peak efficiency and track all energy consumption using the latest in energy-accounting software and technology to calculate savings and identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.

The success of the program is a result of a team effort including the Board and Superintendent for initiating and supporting program, principals for leading school efforts, teachers for reducing energy waste in classrooms, custodians for awareness in operating buildings and maintenance staff for ensuring well maintained, efficient building systems.

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