Only 163 honorees were selected across the nation from among Fortune 500 companies, schools, hospitals, retailers, manufacturers, home builders and commercial building owners and operators, according to a news release.
ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program of the EPA that rates buildings for its energy efficiency on a 100-point scale against similar buildings nationwide — with a score of 50 being the median and a 75 ranking as a top performer.
Since joining the program in 2011, VBCPS has increased its average building score from 38 to 77 and increased the number of ENERGY STAR-certified buildings from six to 46, the most by a single owner in Hampton Roads, a news release indicated. As a result, the school division has reduced its energy use by 27 percent even while increasing its building space by 9 percent.
In terms of financial savings, the school division’s utility bills would have been $5 million more each year without these energy efficiencies.