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Faculty and staff at Meridian Public School District have consistently paved the energy conservation pathway for other organizations while achieving significant savings with energy-efficient behavior — and now those good habits are earning the organization national recognition.

MPSD has achieved a 25 percent energy cost savings totaling $2,772,713 in a ten year program since forming a strategic alliance with Energy Education. The national energy conservation company presented Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor with its Chairman’s Sustainability Award at the board meeting on February 20th. The award lauds the organization’s success in implementing the company’s Transformational Energy Management® process — 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, Meridian Public School District has done an excellent job of implementing Energy Education’s transformational 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 and Founder of Energy Education.

“Strong support from Superintendent Taylor 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 Meridian Public School District with our Chairman’s Sustainability Award. The district 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. Alvin Taylor, Superintendent, said “The Meridian Public School District has been working hard for years to conserve energy. We really stepped up our efforts this year, and it has paid off. I am proud of the steps we have taken to ‘go green,’ and I commend our staff for making the necessary changes that were not easy to make.”

A key benefit of the Energy Education 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 MPSD. 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 Transformational Energy Management® process involves MPSD Energy Education Specialist Clay Sims working with Energy Education to analyze every energy-use point in the organization, resulting in a plan to use energy wisely while eliminating waste. As Energy Education Specialist, he continually reviews energy use, updating plans as programs and seasons change, and performs frequent energy audits to ensure that proper conservation practices are used consistently throughout the system.

To measure and verify program success, the Energy Education Specialist tracks energy consumption — including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil — using energy-accounting software. He compares current 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. Tracking consumption and analyzing energy use meter-by-meter, he can quickly identify and correct areas that need attention.

Energy Education’s innovative Transformational Energy Management® process 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, Energy Education has worked with more than 1,200 educational and ministry organizations, helping clients save over $2.6 billion in utility costs. Energy Education has been recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy with their highest honor, the 2011 Energy Star Award for Sustained Excellence. This award follows the receipt of the Partner of the Year award in 2009 and 2010.

Pictured left to right: MPSD Energy Education Specialist Clay Sims; Energy Education Regional President of Marketing Dr. Truman Atkins; MPSD Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor; and MPSD Executive Director of Operations Archie Scarbrough.

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