Mt. Lebanon School District Energy Savings Garners National Award
September 9, 2013
|Pictured from left to right: Cenergistic Regional President Ross Kelly, Steve Vennare, Board President Elaine Cappucci, Dr. Timothy McNamee, Tom Vig , and Dr. Tim Steinhauer.
Faculty and staff at Mt. Lebanon School District were acknowledged at the Monday night school board meeting for achieving significant savings with energy-efficient behavior. Mt. Lebanon School District was recognized for achieving a 31 percent energy cost savings totaling $5,628,032 in a 103 month program since forming a strategic alliance with Cenergistic. The national energy conservation company presented Superintendent Dr. Timothy Steinhauer with its Chairman’s Sustainability Award at the Board Discussion meeting on September 9th. The award lauds the organization’s success in implementing the company’s Cenergistic energy management program — a comprehensive organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation at all levels of the organization.
“Sustaining this level of energy conservation is a significant achievement. Through the years, Mt. Lebanon School District has done an excellent job of implementing Cenergistic’s energy management program. The Superintendent and board, along with other administration, faculty and staff members are to be commended for clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money and the environment,” said Dr. William Spears, Chairman of Cenergistic .
“Strong support from Superintendent Steinhauer and the board have created a system-wide culture of conservation and cooperation that will ensure even greater success well into the future,” Dr. Spears said.
“I am extremely pleased to present Mt. Lebanon School District with our Chairman’s Sustainability Award. The system joins a very committed, elite group of organizations across the country working hard to conserve energy so that dollars saved can be reserved for educational needs,” said Dr. Spears.
Dr.Timothy Steinhauer, Superintendent, said “Every dollar we don’t spend on energy is available to us to improve our facilities and add to our instructional programs. The challenge is that saving significant energy dollars requires the consistent execution of hundreds of energy saving actions by hundreds of staff members and educators every minute of every day.”
A key benefit of the Cenergistic program is that it is self-funded and guaranteed. All program costs come out of the existing utility budget. The program’s savings pay for the program, as they have for Mt. Lebanon School District. Additional savings can be reserved for other parts of the budget. Many organizations credit the program with helping fund personnel and programs that would otherwise have fallen victim to budget cuts — a very real concern with today’s economic crisis.
Part of the Cenergistic energy management program involves Mt. Lebanon staff members Mr. Thomas Vig and Mr. Steve Vennare working with Cenergistic to analyze every energy-use point in the organization, resulting in a plan to use energy wisely while eliminating waste. As Energy Specialists, they continually review energy use, updating plans as programs and seasons change, and perform frequent energy audits to ensure that proper conservation practices are used consistently throughout the system.
To measure and verify program success, the Energy Specialists track energy consumption — including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil — using energy-accounting software. They compare current energy use to a baseline period and calculate the amount of energy that would have been used had conservation and management practices not been implemented. Tracking consumption and analyzing energy use meter-by-meter, they can quickly identify and correct areas that need attention.
Cenergistic is a energy conservation company that helps organizations reduce consumption of electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and water.