For Immediate Release
December 20, 2012
PR 05213-Glassboro Schools Energy Savings
District Energy Specialist Bob Kiliany, left, has helped Glassboro Schools achieve a
25 percent energy cost savings. Kiliany is standing next to Glassboro Schools
Interim Child Study Team Director Brian Demarest prior to the December 19 Board Meeting.
Glassboro Schools Setting the Pace for Environmental Excellence
GLASSBORO – Staff at Glassboro Public Schools are achieving big savings with energy-efficient behavior, and now those good habits are earning national recognition. Glassboro School District has achieved a 25 percent cost savings totaling $599,301 in 24 months since forming a strategic alliance with Cenergistic, a national energy conservation company. Cenergistic presented the district with its Environmental Excellence Award at the December 19 Glassboro Board of Education Meeting.
“Reaching this level of savings at this stage in the program is a significant achievement. Glassboro Public Schools has done an excellent job of implementing Cenergistic’s organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation and maintaining productive efforts at all levels of the organization. The administration and all staff members are to be commended for clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the organization’s energy dollars and the environment,” Dr. William S. Spears, Chairman and Founder of Cenergistic.
“Strong support from everyone involved in the organization has created an atmosphere of cooperation that should continue to grow and ensure even greater success well into the future,” Dr. Spears said. “I am extremely pleased to present Glassboro Public Schools with our Environmental Excellence Award.”
A primary benefit of the Cenergistic program is that all costs come out of the existing utility budget, with savings projected to more than pay for the program, as they have done for Glassboro Public Schools. Additional savings can be redirected to other parts of the budget.
Glassboro Public School District Superintendent Mark J. Silverstein, MBA, Ed.D. said, “This initiative furthers Glassboro’s goal of ensuring the maximum use of dollars for instruction and minimizing dollars being spent on non-instructional efforts. I applaud our staff for making the adjustments needed to ensure Glassboro’s children are the ultimate winners in this program.”
The conservation program examines all areas of energy use throughout Glassboro Public Schools. Cenergistic’s conservation experts (in natural gas and electricity; water and sewer; HVAC systems; Energy Management Systems and mechanical systems; behavior modification; communications; grounds care; data analysis; information systems management; organization development; construction management; human resources; utility rate structures and many other) work closely with Glassboro Public Schools’ Energy Specialist, Robert Kiliany. Kiliany analyzes all energy use throughout the organization’s systems to ensure that energy is used as efficiently as possible, following Cenergistic’s energy management program.
The program delivers an environmental benefit from a reduced carbon footprint. Energy not used prevents the emission of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. According to EPA/EGrid figures, in the first 24 months of the program, Glassboro Public Schools saved 21,669 MMBTU, the equivalent of 2,210 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions being prevented, 397 cars removed from the road, or 56,531 pine trees grown for 10 years.
Kiliany tracks energy consumption, including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil, using energy-accounting software. He compares energy use to a baseline period and calculates the amount of energy that would have been used had conservation and management practices not been implemented. By tracking consumption and analyzing energy use, Kiliany can quickly identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.
Cenergistic’s innovative energy management program trains client personnel to implement behavioral and organizational change that substantially reduces energy consumption without the purchase of new equipment. The program is funded solely and rapidly by the savings it generates, allowing clients to redirect saved energy dollars to other priorities. In 26 years, Cenergistic has worked with more than 1,250 educational, ministry and health care organizations, helping clients save over $3.0 billion in utility costs. Cenergistic earned the 2011 and 2012 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and was named Energy Star Partner of the Year for 2009 and 2010.
With the new solar energy installation at Thomas E. Bowe School and current energy conservation efforts, Glassboro School District expects to continue to save in energy costs. Silverstein said that the district is equally proud of the positive environmental impact of these initiatives.