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Energy Management

RCSD Energy Star School Recipients with their Plaques


A campaign by the Rankin County School District to reduce energy consumption in its buildings has earned 25 of its 28 schools the prestigious “Energy Star” designation for superior energy performance. RCSD was the first in the state back in 2010, to have three schools receive this prestigious designation.

An ENERGY STAR facility must meet strict performance standards set by the EPA and they use less energy, they are less expensive to operate, and they cause fewer greenhouse gas emissions than its peers. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR, a building must score in the top 25 percent based on EPA's National Energy Performance Rating System and be certified by a Professional Engineer. Brett Rasmussen, Utilities Engineer with Nissan, acted as a mentor for the schools and has helped with the certification process.

Rusty Ponder, serves as the Energy Management Coordinator for the Rankin County School District, has worked with these schools, and is very proud of the accomplishments they have made. This past year, 2018, the Rankin County School District achieved a cost avoidance of $509,345 with a total of over 4.1 million since the Energy Management Program started in 2006.

Every school in Rankin County School District has earned the award at least once in the past 9 years with most earning it for multiple years in a row.

2018 Energy Star Awards Recipients 

2 Year Recipients

Brandon Middle School
Brandon High School

4 Year Recipients

Highland Bluff Elementary
Northwest Rankin Middle School

6 Year Recipients

Rouse Elementary
StoneBridge Elementary
Northshore Elementary
Northwest Rankin Elementary
Northwest Rankin High School
Steens Creek Elementary
Florence Elementary
Florence High School
McLaurin Elementary
McLaurin High School
Richland Elementary
Richland Upper Elementary
Puckett Elementary
Puckett High School
Pisgah Elementary
Pisgah High School

8 Year Recipients

Brandon Elementary
Pelahatchie Elementary
Pelahatchie High School

9 Year Recipients

Flowood Elementary
Florence Middle School