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Fairfax schools reduce carbon footprint Program gives FCPS top marks for efficiency

Published on: 
Wed, 11/14/2012
Media Source: 
Fairfax Times

In the last decade, Centreville High School has transformed its energy use.

The school, which serves some 2,300 students and is continuing to grow, has cut its energy use by about 40 percent — going from 5.1 million kilowatt hours of consumption in 2001 to 3.5 million in 2012.

“Centreville High School is one [energy saving program] that I’m kind of proud of because we’ve done a lot of upgrading there,” said Tom Reinsel, Fairfax County Public Schools’ coordinator for energy management. “It used to be an energy hog.”

Centreville High School recently was listed by the federal ENERGY STAR database as being in the 94th percentile of schools nationwide for energy use, meaning the school is performing better than 94 percent of other schools listed.

“ENERGY STAR is an EPA benchmarking system,” Reinsel said. “It’s similar to when you have an ENERGY STAR label on a computer or a refrigerator, only this is for buildings. … We use it for benchmarking so we can understand better how schools compare to each other and how we can do better [to reduce consumption]. So, we track the ENERGY STAR scores monthly.”

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