Fort Bend ISD has been awarded the Energy Star certification for 16 campuses, which immediately qualified for the distinction. As part of a Board of Trustees initiative, the District investigated the Energy Star Program and submitted building and utility data to determine compliance with energy codes and standards. The District expects more campuses and facilities to be awarded the certificate as the process continues.
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy with the aim to help businesses and individuals save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
The qualifying FBISD schools include four elementary schools (Colony Bend, Dulles, Heritage Rose and Lantern Lane); three middle schools (Dulles, Hodges Bend and McAuliffe); seven high schools (Austin, Bush, Dulles, Marshall, Ridge Point, Travis and Willowridge); and the Technical Education Center and Ferndell Henry Center for Learning.
In addition to the Energy Star distinction, the District received energy efficiency rebates of more than $300,000 through the CenterPoint Energy SCORE program in 2011. These rebates are a direct result of the many energy efficiency projects undertaken throughout the District. The company partners with Houston-area schools and government organizations to help reduce overall energy use.