School board members have never been under more pressure than they are today. Resources are constrained in virtually every district across America, yet parents and other community members continue to resist cuts in services — or an increase in taxes. In this difficult environment, public school board meetings can easily become tense sessions, where civility is an early casualty. School board members become sounding boards for complaints and concerns, and not just at board meetings.
Successful board members provide value to their communities by promoting reasoned, fact-based decision making. They must demonstrate that they are responsible stewards of the public’s resources. For more than 1,200 school districts in the United States, a Cenergistic energy conservation program has been an effective way to deliver energy savings for their district, improve the district’s record on sustainability, and show strong, proactive leadership. Cenergistic programs become a unifying influence in a district, creating a shared sense of purpose and pride among administrators, staff, faculty, students and the community at large. In this environment, the school board is seen as a catalyst for positive community-wide change.
Long Term Energy Program Equals Big Savings
Weber School District Ogden, UT
Weber School District is a testament to what can be achieved when an energy program is maintained over the long term. Its energy program has been in place for over eight years, and it is Cenergistic's longest-running client in Utah, saving the district over $17 million and earning it several ENERGY STAR recognitions.
Nation’s Only 60% ENERGY STAR Leader
Decatur County Community Schools Greensburg, IN
Decatur County Community Schools is the only ENERGY STAR 60% Leader (reduction) in the nation. It was also the nation’s first 50% Leader. All of the district’s schools earned the ENERGY STAR for 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Mr. Donald Lewellyn
Maintenance Director, Energy Manager
Mr. Donald Lewellyn is Director, Maintenance & Operations and Energy Manager for Decatur County Community Schools. He has more than 15 years of experience in electrical, mechanical, energy management, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning experience. He has eight years of experience as Buildings and Grounds Director.
Sustaining a Culture of Conservation
Loudoun County Public Schools Ashburn, VA
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), the fourth largest school district in the Commonwealth of Virginia, serves more than 60,000 students across 10 high schools, 13 middle schools, 51 elementary schools, a technology center, and an alternative education school, representing over 9.1 million square feet.
LCPS received ENERGY STAR recognition for showing continued dedication to improving its energy efficiency while educating students about the importance of being good environmental stewards.
Key achievements include:
Earning ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year and 2012 Sustained Excellence Award.
Performing energy audits at four schools and identifying and resolving more than 190 issues, reducing district annual utility expenses by $86,000 in these four schools alone.
Earning ENERGY STAR Leaders recognition in January 2010 for improving its portfolio-wide energy efficiency by 10 percent.
Earning the ENERGY STAR for 24 buildings in 2009 for a total of 25.
Virginia School Board Association Certified Green Schools 2011, First Place Winner (Student population 10,001 and up), Platinum Certification
Mr. John Lord
Mr. John Lord earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Colorado State University with a concentration in Latin American Studies. He is a licensed Spanish teacher with 10 years of classroom experience.
He is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Sustainable Development Professional, Certified Demand Side Management Professional, Certified Energy Auditor and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional through the Association of Energy Engineers. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers.