October 25th Meeting
Loudoun County Public Schools Award Winning Energy Star Programs
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) hosted our National Capital Chapter’s October meeting.
A leader in K-12 energy and sustainability, and one of the fastest growing school systems in the nation, LCPS was awarded the 2011 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award.
After a wonderful and healthy lunch prepared by school food service personnel, we were welcomed by School Board Chairman, John Stevens, and Loudoun County Public School Assistant Superintendant for Support Services, Jeffrey Platenberg. School Board Chairmen Stevens said that the LCPS energy efficiency experts were the “celebrities” of the schools - known to both staff and students.
Our hosts, LCPS Support Services energy efficiency staff and CEMs, Michael Barancewics and John Lord gave an illustrated talk on “Using Energy Star Tools” including portfolio and data base management tools.
Thirty-eight LCPS buildings were awarded the 2011 ENERGY STAR the evening following our meeting. Four high schools and 34 elementary schools have previously achieved this award, including Middleburg Elementary, which opened in 1911.
A member of the Consortium for High Performance Schools, LCPS strongly supports energy conservation and management because it is “good for the bottom line” and dollars saved can be used for other projects such as a new school or hundreds of new teachers.
Students and staff also play a major role and have created an energy conservation culture – with schools all wanting to earn the Energy Star award.
To qualify for the national energy star, a building must use 75% less energy then similar buildings in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey.
After the presentation, we climbed aboard a hybrid bus to tour Michael J. Lunsford Middle School and learn about its energy management system and how it was “Designed to Earn the Energy Star.”
Click on Loudoun County Public School’s Energy Star Program to learn more.
LCPS’s Business Partner, “Energy Cap” which provides energy management software for utility bill processing and energy reporting, is offering a free seminar on “How to Love Your Utility Bills,” on Thursday, December 8th at the Courtyard Marriott near the Dunn-Loring Metro Station.