Loudoun County Public Schools has been awarded 2022 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for the 11th consecutive year. https://www.energystar.gov/about/content/loudoun_county_public_schools_7
The Sustained Excellence Award is the highest honor the ENERGY STAR program awards. We are proud to be part of a distinguished group making and sustaining important contributions in the clean energy transition. 2021 Key Accomplishments included:
- Saving over $8.6 million on energy costs and avoiding 31,732 metric tons of CO2 emissions.
- Achieving ENERGY STAR certification at three new schools, 17 overall.
- Retrofitting two elementary schools with geothermal systems in place of old fuel oil boilers, as well as installing more than 2,100 kW of solar capacity at seven schools.
- Participating in the submission of two design projects to the ENERGY STAR Decarbonize Your Design Challenge, including an elementary school expected to reduce energy use by nearly 70 percent.
In addition, LCPS earned 17 2021 ENERGY STAR's. These schools meet strict energy performance standards set by the EPA and uses less energy, is less expensive to operate, and causes fewer greenhouse gas emissions than their peers. The schools with the * are first-time winners.
ENERGY STAR 2021 Recipients:
Buffalo Trail, Cardinal Ridge, Discovery, Goshen Post, Lowes Island, Potowmack, Sanders Corner, Waxpool*
Brambleton, Seneca Ridge, Simpson, Willard*
Academies of Loudoun*, Dominion, Park View, Potomac Falls, Rock Ridge
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Loudoun County Public Schools is proud to announce that it has received ENERGYSTAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence for the 10th year in a row. LCPS is one of only 6 school systems in the nation who earned Sustained Excellence in 2021. In addition, LCPS was awarded 18 2020 ENERGY STAR’s from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
ENERGY STAR Recipients 2020:
Arcola, Cool Spring, Dominion Trail, Hutchison Farm, Lincoln, Madison’s Trust, Meadowland, Seldens Landing, Pinebrook
Seneca Ridge, J Lupton Simpson
Briar Woods, Broad Run, Freedom, Loudoun County, Park View, Riverside, Tuscarora
LCPS continues to rise to the ENERGY STAR challenge and strives toward continuous energy efficiency improvement. We are pleased to be acknowledged for Sustained Excellence as this highlights our dedication to leadership in energy management. Promoting energy efficiency and conservation is an constant effort undertaken by students, teachers, and many employees within LCPS community.
“ENERGY STAR award-winning partners are showing the world that delivering real climate solutions makes good business sense and promotes job growth,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Many of them have been doing it for years, inspiring all of us who are committed to tackling the climate crisis and leading the way to a clean energy economy.”
Loudoun County Public Schools was named a 2020 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award winner for the ninth consecutive year (the school division was an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for two years prior to that). The 2020 ENERGY STAR Awards were canceled due to COVID-19.
LCPS has been an ENERGY STAR Partner for over 20 years and is committed to reducing costs while promoting energy efficiency. LCPS is receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition for its long-standing commitment to reducing costs while promoting energy efficiency through ENERGY STAR, demonstrating efficient stewardship of public resources. Key 2019 accomplishments include:
Earning ENERGY STAR certification for 19 buildings in 2019. The EPA has revised its measurement and certification scale, based on 2018 CBECS data, with regards to the average energy use of K-12 schools nationwide being lower than it used to be. This has made ENERGY STAR certification more difficult to achieve. Since starting in 2008, LCPS has secured a total of 507 ENERGY STAR building certifications (list attached for reference). The ENERGY STAR is the national symbol for energy efficiency in the United States. Buildings that are ENERGY STAR certified save energy, save money, and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings. Based on 2018 data, the average energy use of K12 schools nationwide is lower than it used to be, which made ENERGY STAR certifications more difficult to achieve in 2019 and beyond. However, LCPS will continue to rise to the ENERGY STAR challenge, earning certifications where possible, and striving toward continuous improvement.
*Signifies First time honoree
Ashburn ES, Moorefield Station ES, Balls Bluff ES, Riverside HS, Brambleton MS *, Sanders Corner ES, Buffalo Trail ES, Sully ES, Cardinal Ridge ES, Trailside MS, Child Find Center, Culbert ES, Discovery ES, Douglass ES, Goshen Post ES *, Guilford ES, Hillside ES,
Lowes Island ES, Cedar Lane ES2019LCPS Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award
Loudoun County Public Schools Was named a 2019 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award winner for the eighth consecutive year (the school division was an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for two years prior to that). The 2019 ENERGY STAR Awards were held April 11, 2019 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC.
LCPS has been an ENERGY STAR Partner for 20 years and is committed to reducing costs while promoting energy efficiency. LCPS is receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition for its long-standing commitment to reducing costs while promoting energy efficiency through ENERGY STAR, demonstrating efficient stewardship of public resources. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
Saving more than five million dollars in energy costs and preventing the emissions of more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2018.
Earning ENERGY STAR certification for 70 buildings in 2018, the most its certified in a single year.
Benchmarking 100 percent of facilities in EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool, totaling more than 10 million square feet.
Continuing to focus the attention of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments on ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager as the benchmarking tool for use in initiatives.
Certifying 100 percent of all new construction projects as Designed to Earn ENERGY STAR and speaking on a panel to promote the use of ENERGY STAR during the design and construction phase.2018LCPS Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence AwardLoudoun County Public Schools Was named a 2018 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award winner for the seventh consecutive year (the school division was an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for two years prior to that). The 2018 ENERGY STAR Awards were held April 20, 2018 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC.
LCPS has been an ENERGY STAR Partner for 20 years and is committed to reducing costs while promoting energy efficiency. LCPS was awarded ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year–Sustained Excellence recognition for its long-standing commitment to ENERGY STAR and demonstrating good stewardship of public resources. This year’s key accomplishments include:
Benchmarking 100 percent of facilities in EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® and submitting all eligible buildings for certification annually.
Earning ENERGY STAR certification for 66 buildings in 2017, representing more than 70 percent of all eligible buildings, and saving more than $81 million and preventing the emissions of more than 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide since 1993.
Certifying 100 percent of all new construction projects as Designed to Earn ENERGY STAR since 2010 and completing its 15th Designed to Earn ENERGY STAR project.
Integrating historical Designed to Earn ENERGY STAR data from the Target Finder tool into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and presenting the value of Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR at a national conference, two regional conferences, and an online training.
Earning ENERGY STAR certification for five elementary schools for ten consecutive years.
Ensuring ENERGY STAR tools and resources were included in energy efficiency initiatives adopted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.VIEW THE 2018 APPLICATION VIEW THE 2018 SUPPLEMENTAL2017LCPS Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) was among 143 businesses and organizations honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year on Wednesday, April 26th, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.LCPS was named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner for the sixth consecutive year (the school division was an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for two years prior to that). Other six-year recipients of the Sustained Excellence Award included General Motors; Hanesbrands, Inc.; Kohl’s Department Stores; and Nissan North America.LCPS Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Kevin Lewis and energy education specialists Michael Barancewicz and John Lord accepted the award on behalf of LCPS.
Since 1993, the LCPS Energy and Environment Team has created a cost savings of more than $76 million that can be used for instructional purposes instead of operations costs.ENERGY STAR has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have saved American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy bills.2016LCPS Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award
Each year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honors a select group of organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. The 2016 ENERGY STAR Award Winners lead the way with the development and adoption of world-class strategies that provide substantial energy and money savings in the buildings where we live and work. The winners were chosen from a vast network of over 16,000 ENERGY STAR partners.
LCPS was awarded the 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award for Energy Management. This is the highest honor that the Federal government can bestow upon an organization to recognize their accomplishments in energy efficiency and conservation. The award requires that partners demonstrate improved energy performance of buildings through a corporate-wide energy program. LCPS is one of only seven school districts in the nation to earn the 2016 Sustained Excellence Award. The other school systems that won the 2016 award were:
Des Moines Public Schools (Des Moines, IA)
Evergreen Public Schools (Vancouver, WA)
Gresham-Barlow School District (Gresham, OR)
Mansfield Independent School District (Mansfield, TX)
Scott County Schools (Georgetown, KY)
The Kenton County School District (Ft. Wright, KY)2015LCPS Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) was one of only three school systems nationwide to receive the 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award.
Organizations that have earned Partner of the Year for several years in a row may earn the Sustained Excellence Award. Annual achievements must continue to surpass those in previous years. The other school systems that won this award were Des Moines, Iowa, Public Schools and Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Wash.
LCPS also was named a member of the EPA’s Certification Nation. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR awards, organizations with more than 15 ENERGY STAR buildings were given this designation. (LCPS had 47 ENERGY STAR buildings in 2014.) LCPS was one of 128 organizations from 33 states honored during a dinner sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday, April 20th, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Others honored included DIRECTV, Habitat for Humanity, Staples, Verizon, JCPenney and General Motors.
The Washington dinner was attended by LCPS Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams and School Board members Kevin Kuesters (Broad Run District) and Bill Fox (Leesburg District).2014
LCPS Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award
Loudoun County Public Schools(LCPS) was one of three school districts nationwide honored with the federalEnvironmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.
This is the third straightyear LCPS has won the Sustained Excellence Award, the EPA’s top-tierrecognition. Altogether, 74 Sustained Excellence Awards were presented on April29th during a banquet at the MarriottWardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The 2014 Sustained Excellenceawards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibitedoutstanding leadership year after year. Award winners are selected from thenearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.
The other school districtswinning this award were Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Wash., and theDes Moines, Iowa, Public School District. Among the businesses winning theSustained Excellence Award were the 3M Company, Colgate-Palmolive, Food Lion,General Motors, J.C. Penney, Kohls Department Stores, Raytheon, Sears andStaples.
LCPS Superintendent Edgar B.Hatrick accepted the award on behalf of the school system. School Board ViceChairman Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge District) and member Bill Fox (LeesburgDistrict) attended the event.
LCPS undertook acomprehensive energy management program in 1993. Since that time the schooldistrict has documented savings of $60.2 million.
Deputy EPA Administrator BobPerciasepe said his agency had come a long way since its first director,William Ruckelshaus, made this statement: “Our waters may not be swimmable andfishable yet, but at least they’re no longer flammable.”
“We’ve obviously come a longway since that time,” said Perciasepe. “We have continued to evolve and thechallenges we face continue to evolve. Sometimes they’re not clear to see.”
Working toward a sustainablefuture is now EPA’s mission, he added. “It’s not just an environmental matter,it’s much bigger than that… It’s also… focused on jobs and innovation.” Perciasepe said stricter environmental standards and increased economicproductivity are not mutually exclusive concepts. He said air pollution inAmerica had declined 70 percent between 1977 and 2011 while the gross domesticproduct (GDP) had more than doubled.“We need to put aside the arguments aboutwhether we have to choose.”
2013LCPS Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has received its second ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence award from the US Environmental Protection Agency. This award is given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. The award recognizes ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors. Award winners are selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.
In the 20 year history of the ENERGY STAR program, and out of the nearly 20,000 ENERGY STAR partnerships, only 70 organizations have ever earned the Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award. In the category of Public School Districts, LCPS is one of only three districts to have won this award. The other two districts are: Evergreen Public Schools located in Vancouver, Washington and Gresham-Barlow School District located in Gresham, Oregon.LCPS is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recognition for its continued commitment to increasing energy efficiency through the creation of an energy-saving culture among students, staff members, and parents. Key accomplishments include:
Benchmarking district facilities in Portfolio Manager, EPA’s ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool, and earning a 2012 ENERGY STAR certification for 42 district facilities.
Achieving recognition as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer.
Earning Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR designation for six schools: Lunsford Middle School, Douglas Elementary School, Champe High School, Discovery Elementary School, Moorefield Station Elementary School, and Trailside Middle School.
Encouraging regional use of the Master Account Sharing feature in Portfolio Manager through speaking events and presentations promoting the tool. LCPS’s efforts have been influential in regional decisions to use this feature.
Saving more than $47 million and preventing the emissions of more than 265,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the past 19 years.
LCPS Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award
Loudoun County Public Schools received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest honor presented by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Energy, on Thursday, March 15th, in Washington, D.C.
The awards ceremony, held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, marked the 20th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR program.
“Two decades ago, the EPA had a bold vision,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson told those being honored. “We wanted to harness the energy of our economy and the forces of the market to encourage energy efficiency and prevent pollution. We saw an opportunity to harness market forces that would encourage consumers and companies to invest in cleaner, more innovative, more energy-efficient products.”
Jackson said ENERGY STAR is one of the most successful market-based programs the federal government has ever undertaken. More than 80 percent of Americans recognize the blue ENERGY STAR logo, which makes it one of the most recognizable brands in the country.
“The other 20 percent we’re working on.”
The logo can be found on products in more than 60 different categories, Jackson noted. More than a million homes have the ENERGY STAR label.
“The continued success of this program shows that we can protect our environment and strengthen our economy at the same time.”
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) was in good company in receiving the Sustained Excellence Award. Others receiving this recognition included Merck & Co., Inc.; Nissan North America, Inc.; Raytheon Company; Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing; J.C. Penney Company, Inc.; Food Lion; Kohl’s Department Store, Inc.; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; and G.E. Appliances & Lighting.
Only two other school districts – Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Wash., and Gresham-Barlow School District in Gresham, Ore. – received the Sustained Excellence Award.
LCPS had been named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
LCPS undertook a comprehensive energy management program in 1993. Since that time the school district has:
Documented savings of more than $43.9 million in energy costs and has prevented the emission of more than 780,000 metric tons of CO2.
Earned the 2009 ENERGY STAR Leader recognition for leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and having a 10 percent overall improvement in energy performance across all of its buildings.
Won first place in the 2011 Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Green Schools Challenge for school districts with a student population of 10,000 and up.
LCPS has earned 106 ENERGY STAR labels at 42 different buildings. The ENERGY STAR is the mark of superior energy performance. It identifies a building as one the top 25 percent most efficient buildings of its kind in the nation. More than 45 percent of LCPS buildings have received an ENERGY STAR label.
Implemented a recycling program at all sites it owns or operates. The recycling program includes cardboard, white paper, colored paper, paper board, newspaper, aluminum and bi-metal cans and plastic bottles. Throughout the course of this program, more than 1,800 tons of materials have been recycled.
Earned the 2010 Construction Owners Association of America Silver Project Leadership Award for Tuscarora High School.
Earned the Energy Education Lighthouse Award, which recognizes a successfully sustained Transformational Energy Management program over a number of years.
LCPS Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for 2nd Consecutive Year
The ENERGY STAR is the national symbol for protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The 2011 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award recognizes organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency and conservation. Receiving the award for a second consecutive year is an indication of LCPS's sincere commitment to continued improvement to existing energy reduction efforts.
“Loudoun County Public Schools is pleased to accept EPA's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award in recognition of our energy use reduction efforts,” said LCPS Assistant Superintendant for Support Services Jeffery Platenberg, “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated a sustained commitment to environmental and fiscal stewardship.”
Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In 2010 alone, LCPS has prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to removing over 14,100 automobiles from the road for a year.
To earn the 2011 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for the second year, LCPS successfully continued its focus on the wise use of energy throughout the school system. Technologies LCPS utilizes include variable frequency drives, multi-zone HVAC and lighting capability, lighting retrofits and high-efficiency boiler/chiller system installations.
36 Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) buildings were awarded the EPA's ENERGY STAR label in 2010. Among the honored facilities was Middleburg Elementary (opened 1911), the oldest of LCPS' 79 schools.
The number of LCPS facilities honored by ENERGY STAR has grown consistently. In 2008, six schools and one support office were honored. That grew to 23 schools and one support office in 2009.ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. More than 20,000organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 31 million vehicles.2010LCPS Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year AwardPictured Above (left to right):John Lord, LCPS Energy Education SpecialistJean M. Lupinacci, Director - Commercial & Industrial Branch ENERGY STARMichael Barancewicz, LCPS Energy Education Specialist
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) as a 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for outstanding energy management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.This is the highest award the federal government bestows in recognition of energy conservation and efficiency. Only one other school system in the nation (Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Wash.) received a Partner of the Year Award this year.The award was presented on Thursday, March 18th, at a banquet in Washington, D.C. The 40 Partner of the Year Award winners were selected from more than 17,000 organizations participating in the ENERGY STAR program.
LCPS Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Jeff Platenberg accepted the award on behalf of the school system. School Board Vice Chairman Priscilla Godfrey (Blue Ridge District), Tom Reed (At-Large), Bob Ohneiser (Broad Run District) and Dr. Joseph Guzman (Sugarland Run) represented the School Board at the awards ceremony.
The keynote speaker for the awards banquet was EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.
“We can make environmental gains in a way that promotes innovation that cuts costs that boosts our economy,” said Jackson. “...The choice between a green economy and a green environment is a false choice...
“The true strength of ENERGY STAR is how it closes the gap between these two seemingly intractable ideas...ENERGY STAR uses government standards to reward the market-based drivers of our economy, our capacity for innovation and invention.”
Other organizations that were named ENERGY STAR partners of the year include Sunoco, Panasonic, the city of Louisville, Ky., Kimberly-Clark, Kohl's Department Stores and Canon U.S.A.
Earlier in the day, Platenberg, LCPS Director of Construction Kevin Lewis and energy education specialists Michael Barancewicz and John Lord met with U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) at the Capitol.
Loudoun County Public Schools has partnered with Energy Education, a Dallas-based energy-management firm, since 1993. Through this partnership the school system has generated a savings of more than $34.4 million in cost avoidance. Only two other school districts associated with Energy Education have won the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award (Kingston City, N.Y., Schools in 2001 and Whitefish Bay, Wis., Schools in 2009).
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. Last year alone Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved $17 billion on their energy bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles.EPA ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award presention to School Board This presentation is from the April 13, 2010 School Board meeting wherin the ENERGY STAR award was presented to the School Board. Please click on the date to view the webcast of the presentation.