Hampton City Schools Receives Cenergistic Energy Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance in Energy Conservation
Hampton City Schools received the Energy Excellence Award from Cenergistic for its outstanding cost and energy savings since the inception of its Energy Conservation Program in 2013 with Cenergistic, national energy conservation and sustainability company.
The Energy Excellence Award is given to clients who have reached a significant savings milestone and celebrates a solid, sustainable conservation program with the support and cooperation of administration, faculty and staff. Hampton City Schools has achieved a 22% costs savings totaling over $4M since partnering with Cenergistic in 2013.
“Hampton City Schools has excelled with Cenergistic’s Energy Conservation Program. The entire administration and staff are to be commended for fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the environment and the district’s energy dollars. They have done a wonderful job of implementing organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation and maintaining productive efforts at all levels of the organization,” said Dr. William S. Spears, Chairman and Founder of Cenergistic. “Reaching this level of savings is a significant achievement of which to be very proud.”
“It is my honor to present Hampton City Schools with our Energy Excellence Award, and thank the strong support from everyone involved in the organization which has created a culture of sustainability that should continue to grow and ensure even greater success well into the future,” Dr. Spears said.
HCS personnel have worked closely with Cenergistic engineers, experts and the embedded Energy Specialist to audit and optimize each energy-using system throughout the district to peak efficiency. The Cenergistic Energy Specialists track energy consumption — including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil — using the latest in energy-accounting software and technology to calculate savings and identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.
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. Additional savings can be redirected to other budgetary needs within the district. The program additionally delivers an environmental benefit from a reduced carbon footprint and will help the district qualify for ENERGY STAR® certification with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
For more than 30 years Cenergistic has helped over 1,400 K-12 districts find more than $5B in hidden electricity, natural gas and water savings by applying technology and behavior-based conservation programs on their campuses. Superintendents, CFOs, COOs and board members can reduce energy and water spending by 30% annually with no capital investment. Cenergistic’s program improves the comfort and quality of the classroom environment, helping students achieve their full learning potential. The Cenergistic program supplements the facility managers’ expertise with specialized engineers and technology to optimize their energy spend. For 10 consecutive years, Cenergistic has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. Our clients represent 52% of all K-12 schools who are ENERGY STAR® certified. To learn more visit www.cenergistic.com.
HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected classes in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Robbin G. Ruth, Executive Director, Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2000.
As stated in School Board Policy AC, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability or other protected class in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAH for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings.
All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy. All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources. Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation. For more information about this process, please review School Board Policy GBAB-R.Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact Hampton City Schools Compliance Officer at: One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 or (757) 727-2300.
HAMPTON CITY SCHOOLS WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE
Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge. The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase. By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.” Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies.
Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites. HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.
HCS WEBMASTER AND ACCESSIBILITY
The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.
Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.
The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility. The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster, email@example.com., the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org and/or the Director of Graphics, email@example.com.
When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line. Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours. To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:
HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy. See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.
Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.
Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE. If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.
HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as available” basis. HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein. The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors. Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.