SJCSD Recognized as Energy Star Top Performer

The St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) has been recognized as a Top Performer for 2011 by ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. The SJCSD is receiving this award for the second year in a row, and this year it is the only school district in Florida to earn this distinction.
The SJCSD was recognized for improving its district-wide energy efficiency by more than 30 percent compared to its baseline year in 2008 when the district implemented an energy management program. An average ENERGY STAR performance score of 87 was achieved within 38 buildings throughout the district.
 “This honor simply reiterates our commitment to keep the reduction of energy consumption in the forefront,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner.  “It is proof that by working together we can make a difference.”
The SJCSD began an energy management program in September 2008 with assistance from Energy Education, Inc. All district employees, along with the superintendent and school board members, have been fully committed to the success of the program. Participants in the district’s energy efficiency program have lowered annual carbon dioxide emissions by more than 14,800 metric tons, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 379,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.
Since January 2009, the district has avoided more than $10,000,000 in energy costs. These achievements are largely attributed to behavioral changes made by students, faculty and staff members. Teachers and staff members have been instrumental in ensuring that lights, computers and other electronics are turned off. Custodial staff members serve as the “last line of defense” for wasted energy, turning off unnecessary lights and equipment and implementing cleaning practices that reduce the need for additional lighting when the building is unoccupied. The principals of each school are accountable for the consumption of their buildings, and an on-site building manager helps ensure the energy management system is operating as intended and as needed. As a result, very few equipment upgrades have been necessary.
Encompassing more than 4,500,000 square feet of floor space, the SJCSD educates over 30,000 students each year.