Northwest Florida State College setting the pace for environmental excellence


Staff at Northwest Florida State College are achieving big savings with energy-efficient behavior — and now those good habits are earning national recognition.

Northwest Florida State College has achieved a 24 percent cost savings totaling $1,120,173 in 19 months since forming a strategic alliance with Cenergistic, a national energy conservation company, which presented the organization with its Environmental Excellence Award on Feb. 22.

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“Reaching this level of savings at this stage of the program is a significant achievement. Northwest Florida State College has done an excellent job of implementing Cenergistic’s organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation and maintaining productive efforts at all levels of the organization. The administration and all staff members are to be commended for clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the organization’s energy dollars and the environment,” said Dr. William S. Spears, chairman and founder of Cenergistic.

“Strong support from everyone involved in the organization has created an atmosphere of cooperation that should continue to grow and ensure even greater success well into the future,” Dr. Spears said. “I am extremely pleased to present Northwest Florida State College with our Environmental Excellence Award.”

“We could not be more pleased with the combined efforts of our faculty, staff and students working together to make our energy savings possible,” said Dr. Sasha Jarrell, interim president, NWF State College. “Our savings have exceeded our original projections and we look forward to continuing this initiative to increase energy savings at NWF.”

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, as they have done for Northwest Florida State College. Additional savings can be redirected to other parts of the budget. 

The conservation program examines all areas of energy use throughout Northwest Florida State College. Cenergistic’s conservation experts — in natural gas and electricity, water and sewer, HVAC systems, Energy Management Systems (EMS) and mechanical systems, behavior modification, communications, grounds care, data analysis, information systems management, organization development, construction management, human resources, utility rate structures, and many other areas of specialization that positively impact energy conservation — work closely with Northwest Florida State College’s energy specialist, Mr. Daniel Fife. They train him to analyze all energy use throughout the organization’s systems, and to ensure that energy is used as efficiently as possible, following Cenergistic’s energy management program.

The program delivers an environmental benefit from a reduced carbon footprint. Energy not used prevents the emission of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. According to EPA/EGrid figures, in the first 19 months of the program, Northwest Florida State College saved 51,497 MMBTU, the equivalent of 5,355 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions being prevented, 1,116 cars removed from the road, or 137,316 pine trees grown for 10 years.

Mr. Fife tracks energy consumption — including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil — using energy-accounting software. He compares current energy use to a baseline period and calculates the amount of energy that would have been used had conservation and management practices not been implemented. By tracking consumption and analyzing energy use, he can quickly identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.

Cenergistic is a technology-powered, data-driven energy conservation company. Cenergistic helps organizations reduce consumption of electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and water. Its proven approach is built on a proprietary methodology that optimizes clients’ infrastructure, improves internal processes, and changes behavior to ensure that savings endure. This approach empowers the average client to save 20 to 30 percent off expected utility bills. For the past seven years, Cenergistic has earned national recognition from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, including the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

For more information regarding Cenergistic: Kristen Erwin, director of client communications, 972-590-7773, or


L-R: Cenergistic East Region Program Director Colin Barrett, NWF State College Board of Trustees Chairman Brian Pennington, NWF Interim President Dr. Sasha Jarrell, NWF Energy Specialist Daniel Fife, and NWF Trustee Mike Flynt.