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Council Rock School District

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20% Improvement (2007)
30% Improvement (2007)
40% Improvement (2009)
Top Performer (2009)

Council Rock School District is committed to children and empowers them with skills and knowledge through comprehensive, innovative, and diverse educational experiences. The district strives to enable them to achieve self-fulfillment and become productive, responsible citizens who contribute to the world community. Council Rock serves more than 12,500 students in 17 facilities two high schools, three middle schools, ten elementary schools, and two administrative buildings totaling 1.8 million square feet of space. The district established an energy management program in November 2005 and became an ENERGY STAR partner in 2006.

Council Rock School District has earned ENERGY STAR Leaders Top Performer recognition for achieving a portfolio-wide energy performance rating of 84. The district became the first in the nation to improve its energy efficiency by 40 percent across its entire portfolio of buildings. Council Rock has also been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2008 and 2009. The district's efforts to date have reduced CO2 emissions by more than 7,000 metric tons, the equivalent of the annual emissions from more than 1,300 vehicles.

To achieve these savings, Council Rock partnered with the Technical Services group in ARAMARK to implement a comprehensive energy-reduction program. The program included operational modifications to occupied hours and temperature settings, staff training for operations, a building management control system enhancement permitting centralized access, and repairs to HVAC equipment field controls. The district also began re-commissioning newer buildings and requiring ENERGY STAR qualified products, when possible, for new purchases.

Council Rock School District promotes its achievements through newsletters, e-mails, its Web site, closed-circuit and public television broadcasts, committee meetings, and visits to schools. It also holds an Energy Awareness Week to raise awareness among staff, students, and the community. Activities included slogan and logo contests, daily announcements, and a "dark classroom" theme day.