BCPS Recognized Nationally for Sustainable and Healthy Schools

Broward County Public Schools Recognized Nationally
for Sustainable and Healthy Schools

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) was honored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Efficient and Healthy Schools program as one of 13 school districts at the 2024 White House Summit for Sustainable and Healthy K-12 School Buildings and Grounds. The summit, held on April 26, 2024, focused on Equity, Learning, Health and Climate.

BCPS was recognized for its efforts in implementing high-impact energy efficiency and indoor air quality improvements in schools through the voter-approved SMART Bond Program. These improvements not only save taxpayer dollars on energy bills but also create a healthier and more comfortable learning environment for students and staff.

According to DOE Building Technologies Office Director Mandy Mahoney, “We recognize these school districts for their exemplary retrofit projects, best practices in building assessment and operational performance, and goal setting to achieve sustained, long-term school building improvements.” She further emphasized the positive impacts these projects have, stating, “Their exemplary projects demonstrated the positive impacts that schools have on their communities, particularly those in greatest need.” 

“We are incredibly honored to be recognized by the Department of Energy for our commitment to creating sustainable and healthy learning environments for all our students,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. Howard Hepburn. “We have implemented innovative solutions to improve energy efficiency and air quality, and we are committed to continuous improvement.” 

The recognition, announced by Deputy Secretary of Energy David M. Turk at the White House summit, uplifts these school districts’ stories to a national scale, demonstrates their outstanding leadership within their communities, and offers an opportunity to showcase best practices and case studies for other school districts that are looking for peer guidance. Submissions were evaluated on their approach, outcomes, impacts, replicability, and education and workforce training.

 

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Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth-largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962, serving more than 251,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 239 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 87 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 177 different countries and speaking 153 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, on Instagram @browardschoolsofficial, on YouTube at youtube.com/browardschoolsvideos and download the free BCPS mobile app at browardschools.com/MobileApp.

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