West South Central Region

West South Central Success Stories

We encourage you to learn more about our energy conservation program from the people who know us best: Cenergistic clients.

Check out our client success stories from the West South Central Region below.

Success Stories

Texas - Garland Independent School District

Garland Independent School District
Garland, TX

Garland ISD Receives 66 ENERGY STAR Certifications, more than any other school organization in the state of Texas. Their partnership with Cenergsitic, Weathermatic, ENERGY STAR and WaterSense has made Garland ISD a model for sustainability within the district and the community.

2014 7,679,197 28

Arkansas - Cross Church

Cross Church
Springdale, AR

This 13,000-member church with three campuses in northwest Arkansas implemented its energy conservation program in 2008. While using the savings to extend the ministries of the church is its primary focus, taking proactive steps to protect the environment is very important to a church located in a state with the motto, “The Natural State.” The church also received the 2010 ENERGY STAR Congregation Award.

2008 10,500 425,000 28% 61 77.57

Oklahoma - Moore Norman Technology Center

Moore Norman Technology Center
Norman, OK

Moore Norman Technology Center serves Norman, Moore and south Oklahoma City. MNTC provides career and technical education to students and assists businesses to help them achieve business goals.

MNTC has earned the Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers’ Gold Star School Award eight times.

MNTC offers classes in Business and Financial Services, Computer and Information Technology, Construction, Health Science, Manufacturing, Personal services, Professional Development and Transportation.

2011 1,924 521,010 34% 50 79.41

Oklahoma - Oklahoma State University - Energy Specialist

Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK

OSU was Cenergistic’s first university client, and the original Energy Specialists are still in place. They’ve developed new skills, and formed a close working relationship with the physical plant group. OSU has been recognized for its conservation success, and recently the governor of Oklahoma signed legislation to create a state-wide conservation program based on the success of OSU’s program, as well as that of other Cenergistic clients in the state.

Ms. Jenny Gililland
Energy Specialist

Ms. Jenny Gilliland earned her Master of Education in Adult Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Dayton, Ohio, and an Associate of Science from Sinclair Community College, Ohio. She has more than 15 years of teaching and education experience and has completed a number of skills and leadership training courses.

Ms. Gililland has been an Energy Specialist for Oklahoma State University’s Stillwater campus since July 2007.

2008 32,493 14,455,786 17% 90 101.17

Oklahoma - Oklahoma State University - President

Oklahoma State University System
Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Okmulgee, OK

OSU was Cenergistic’s first university client, and the original Energy Specialists are still in place. They’ve developed new skills, and formed a close working relationship with the physical plant group. OSU has been recognized for its conservation success, and recently the governor of Oklahoma signed legislation to create a state-wide conservation program based on the success of OSU’s program, as well as that of other Cenergistic clients in the state.

Mr. Burns Hargis

Mr. Burns Hargis was named the 18th president of Oklahoma State University and the OSU System in December 2007 and took office March 10, 2008.

President Hargis, who holds degrees in accounting from Oklahoma State University and in law from the University of Oklahoma, is the second OSU graduate to lead the university as president. 

Before being named OSU president, Mr. Hargis had a long and distinguished legal and business career, with active civic and philanthropic leadership across many fronts. 

A firm believer in the power of imagination and collaboration, Mr. Hargis was the first chair of the Oklahoma Creativity Project.  He has served and chaired many boards, including the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges of Oklahoma State University.

Mr. Hargis received the state’s highest honor when he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2009.

2008 32,493 14,455,786 17% 90 101.17

Oklahoma - Program Testimonial: Dr. Stephen McKeever, Secretary of Science and Technology

Oklahoma - Secretary of Science and Technology
Stillwater, OK

“Oklahoma State University has done more than make a simple commitment to preserve the environment and work towards a more sustainable future. We’re doing something about it.

Through the able assistance of Cenergistic, our commitment has been put into action, and that action has produced demonstrable results: significant reductions in utility use, behavioral changes in faculty, staff, and students alike, reductions in our carbon footprint, and millions of dollars in real savings. Along the way, Cenergistic has worked patiently with our faculty and staff, answering questions, remaining sensitive to our concerns and needs, and helping us consistently follow through as responsible citizens.

Just as importantly, as Vice President of Research for OSU and an active, Full Professor at the University, this conservation effort has fully supported our educational integrity and the quality of our research programs. Cenergistic has partnered with us to deliver the perfect storm: financial savings, environmental benefits, and greater educational opportunities for our students.

I highly recommend their services without hesitation.”

Dr. Stephen Mckeever
Secretary of Science and Technology

2008 23,600 14,455,786 17% 90 101.17

Oklahoma - Tulsa Public Schools

Tulsa Public Schools
Tulsa, OK

With over 22% of funding lost over a three-year period, the school district was looking for ways to significantly reduce energy costs without purchasing new equipment or retrofitting current equipment. The key to success and savings with the Cenergistic program was changing human behavior.

Mr. Bob LaBass
Director of Bond Projects & Energy Management

For 17 years, Mr. LaBass has worked in the Tulsa Public School District. He is also active in the community, serving as a board member for the Aim High Academy, the Signature Symphony and Tulsa County Community College.

Mr. LaBass earned his Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University.

2010 42,000 7,776,007 35% 62 25.08

Texas - Abilene Independent School District

Abilene Independent School District
Abilene, TX

District leadership was impressed from the start at the level of expertise and support Cenergistic provides. This was evident as Cenergistic energy experts identified — within minutes — a solution to a year-old problem in a new school.

Mr. Benny Turney
Plant Environmental Services Coordinator

Mr. Turney has worked in the Abilene ISD for 22 years. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving for 25 years and is a veteran of both Vietnam and Desert Storm. Mr. Turney earned his Bachelor Business Administration degree from McMurry University.

2012 17,152 2,684,203 26% 43 42.79

Texas - Dallas First Baptist Church

Dallas First Baptist Church
Dallas, TX

Founded in the late 1800s, the downtown Dallas church was successfully able to implement its energy conservation program in some of the oldest buildings in the city. In 2009 the church was honored for its efforts with the ENERGY STAR Congregation Award. Today, as new construction is underway to replace aging facilities, the church’s energy conservation program is poised to make an impact for years to come.

2008 10,700 824,500 39% 79 50.79

Texas - Dickinson ISD

Dickinson ISD
Dickinson, TX

Though initially the program was met with doubt, that changed quickly when the energy program’s success funded a district-wide staff pay raise. Now the energy program is reaching new levels of success with strong leadership support, a dedicated Energy Specialist and staff cooperation.

Vicki Mims

Mrs. Mims has served Dickinson ISD for 35 years, beginning as a high school English teacher, and filling a variety of roles including counselor, curriculum facilitator, principal and assistant superintendent. She earned her Master of Science degree from the University of North Texas and her Master of Education degree from the University of Houston. Mrs. Mims also serves on the Board of the M.I. Lewis Social Service Agency and Texas Fast Growth Schools Coalition.

2011 9,746 1,865,799 28% 51 33.64

Texas - Lakewood Church

Lakewood Church
Houston, TX

Lakewood Church is the largest church in the US and its main building is a former sports arena — a massive space originally designed for a different type of use. Its energy management program is able to accommodate the church's technology needs and its many activities on a fluid calendar.

Project Manager Lisa Ward recently sent a letter to Cenergistic Chairman - Founder Dr. William S. Spears, congratulating him on the Cenergistic branding launch. An excerpt from the letter:

"You may not get told enough what an impact your perhaps at one time seemingly small idea could mean to thousands all over the country. But I just wanted to take the time to say thank you for developing such an amazing program that has been able to help us so very much in such a short period of time."

Ms. Lisa Ward
Project Manager

Lisa has been a member of Lakewood Church since 1990 and an employee of the church since 2000. She serves as the Project Manager, responsible for assisting with project administration and management efforts for new construction, renovation and relocation projects from inception through completion; the Energy Specialist, responsible for managing and analyzing current energy usage by maintaining comfort while pursuing cost savings; and Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer. 

2009 47,000 680,000 39% 75 43.11

Texas - Mansfield Independent School District

Mansfield Independent School District
Mansfield, TX

Mansfield ISD has a long history of energy conservation success — including being awarded ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence for 2016 and 2017 following Partner of the Year for 2014 and 2015.

Mr. Jeff Brogden
Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Support

Mr. Brogden has served Mansfield ISD for 10 years. He earned his Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. Mansfield ISD has been recognized by the Texas Comptroller for Best Practices for Public Schools and has earned more ENERGY STAR® certifications than any other public school district in Texas.

2013 32,879 6,283,511 18% 35

Texas - Presbyterian Communities & Services

Presbyterian Communities & Services
Dallas, TX

With annual utility costs exceeding $2.1 million, Presbyterian Communities and Services seeks to conserve energy to keep expenses from rising for its residents. PC&S provides independent living, assisted living and hospice care services. 

Mr. Godwin Dixon
President and CEO

Mr. Godwin Dixon started his healthcare career in 1988. After 11 years working in for-profit nursing and retirement centers, he chose to serve in nonprofit continuing care retirement communities and hospice services. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.

Mr. Godwin is the President and CEO of Presbyterian Communities and Services (PC&S), whose members include Faith Presbyterian Hospice, Grace Presbyterian Village and Presbyterian Village North.  In 2003, Mr. Godwin formed Faith Presbyterian Hospice, one of the few not-for-profit hospices in North Texas. Created to provide extraordinary care, Faith has been nationally recognized for its innovative programs.

Under his leadership, PC&S has become known for quality care and extensive rehabilitation programs, scoring the highest satisfaction scores seen by third party surveyors.

2011 4,400 611,072

Texas - Trinity Valley Community College

Trinity Valley Community College
Athens, TX

Trinity Valley Community College’s first classes took place in borrowed space in 1946. Today, the college serves students in four campuses in east Texas. The college offers two-year degrees, career training with a number of health occupations programs, and continuing education classes. The college offers a distance education site for the University of Texas at Arlington’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

2010 5,215 530,255 21% 46 55.05

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