Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) partnered with Cenergistic in June 2018 to implement its Sustainability Program and has already achieved outstanding momentum with a 14.3-percent energy savings and $910,755 in utility cost savings.

At this trajectory, IPS is positioned to reach its goal of more than $7.5 million in net savings over the five-year contract term.  

“Working with a company like Cenergistic to dramatically reduce our energy consumption is critical to the financial success of our school district,” said Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee in June. “Ultimately, the success of this program will enable us to close our funding gaps, continue our path of raising compensation, and key programming important to student achievement.”

The program provides full-time onsite Cenergistic energy specialists equipped with Cenergistic’s Ceres cloud-based, machine learning software, which augments system monitoring and provides real-time data for immediate resolution of inefficiencies. IPS personnel work closely with Cenergistic engineers and M&V (Measurement & Verification) experts to audit and optimize energy usage and equipment across all buildings and facilities throughout the district.

“I’m excited about what I’ve seen them do with other clients across the country. They’re a good firm with a strong, proven track record and the success they’ve generated at other locations is an encouraging indicator for the success we’ll achieve,” said Scott Martin, IPS deputy superintendent for Operations, in June. “I’m confident we’re going to be able to utilize the resources they bring to save the district and taxpayers critical capital and general fund dollars.”  

District officials have already begun to see a mindset of energy conservation developing among faculty, staff and students since the implementation of the program, with hopes for a more sustainable future.

The program will also help the district qualify for sought-after ENERGY STAR certifications of their buildings with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as receive recognition for energy innovation and efficiency through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings initiative.