VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rosemary Gladden
Date: 04/09/18 Phone: 757.263.1229
News Release No. 047 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: rosemary.gladden@vbschools.com

VBCPS again earns ENERGY STAR
Partner of the Year award

For the second consecutive year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has been named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for demonstrating superior energy efficiency in its buildings and facilities. Only 163 honorees were selected across the nation from amongst Fortune 500 companies, schools, hospitals, retailers, manufacturers, home builders and commercial building owners and operators.

ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program of the U.S. Environmental Agency that rates buildings for its energy efficiency on a 100-point scale against similar buildings nationwide - with a score of 50 being the median and a 75 ranking as a top performer.

Since joining the program in 2011, VBCPS has increased its average building score from 38 to 77 and increased the number of ENERGY STAR-certified buildings from six to 46, the most by a single owner in Hampton Roads. As a result, the school division has reduced its energy use by 27 percent even while increasing its building space by 9 percent. In terms of financial savings, the school division's utility bills would have been $5 million more each year without these energy efficiencies.

"It's an honor to be recognized as a national leader in energy efficiency and sustainable practices," said VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. "Our School Board and our community believe in protecting our environment and minimizing our carbon footprint. And, we are seeing these results due in large part to the conscientious efforts of our facilities and school plant teams in how we design, build and operate our school facilities."

VBCPS has received numerous recognitions for its energy efficiencies and sustainable practices. This past school year the school division earned a Certified Green School Division designation from the U.S. Green Building Council, was recognized with a Design Achievement Award, and helped Virginia rank amongst America's Top 10 in environmental design. VBCPS has also won numerous construction awards and built or replaced eight Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) schools or facilities since 2005.

VBCPS's accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. April 20.

Visit the ENERGY STAR website to see a complete list of winners or to learn more about the awards.

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