VB Schools Awarded For Saving Energy

Virginia Beach Schools are getting high scores when it comes to energy efficiency!

For the second year straight, the EPA named the school system an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.

They went up against some powerhouse competition, including Fortune 500 companies, other schools, hospitals and even commercial builders.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), which serves more than 67,000 students in more than 11 million square feet of building space, joined the voluntary ENERGY STAR program in 2011. Since then, the division has reduced its energy use by 27 percent. It’s a win-win for the school system, which is saving energy, protecting the environment and saving money. According to a release from VBCPS, their utility bills would have been $5 million more each year without the energy efficient practices.

“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,” said VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence.

VBCPS is the only ENERGY STAR award winner in all of Hampton Roads. Congratulations from hrScene!

Visit the ENERGY STAR website to see the complete list of winners.