Nash-Rocky Mount Schools

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10% Improvement (2006)
20% Improvement (2006)
Top Performer (2007)
Top Performer (2009)

With 29 separate sites serving more than 18,000 K-12 students in Nashville, North Carolina, Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has assessed the energy performance of 100 percent of its floor space. Due to rising energy costs, the district has committed to an energy management program with support from the central office, the board of education, maintenance department, and school administrators. The district's partnerships with Educon Educational Consulting, TAC, Johnson Controls, and the North Carolina State Energy Office helped it to teach behavior change to faculty and students, change direct digital control systems to more efficient controls, participate in state-sponsored tune-ups for district facilities, and increase preventive maintenance. Nash-Rocky Mount Schools joined ENERGY STAR in 2006 and is a pledge driver for the Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR campaign.

The district has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Leaders Top Performer for 2009 for achieving an average energy performance rating of 85 across its building portfolio. The district also earned this distinction in 2007. Also in 2009 Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools was awarded the prestigious ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award. The district received recognition for a 10 percent improvement in energy efficiency in 2006 and continued this effort by reaching a 20 percent improvement later in the same year. In 2006, 13 of the district's buildings earned a 75 or better in EPA's Energy Performance Rating System, and were the first K-12 schools in North Carolina to earn the ENERGY STAR. From 2007 through 2009, 13 more buildings earned the ENERGY STAR, many for multiple years in a row. In the last year alone, the district's energy management program has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 4,000 metric tons, the equivalent sequestered by the planting more than 1,000 acres of trees or the annual emissions of more than 900 cars.