Wayne County Public Schools is located in eastern North Carolina, about an hour southeast of Raleigh. Wayne County Public Schools educates more than 19,000 students across its 31 campuses, which comprises more than 2.6 million square feet of floor space. The district's mission is to ensure its students will graduate from high school, globally competitive for work and post secondary education and prepared for life in the 21st Century through rigor, relevance and relationships. Wayne County Public Schools believes it to be its responsibility to ensure that every effort is made to conserve natural resources while exercising sound financial management. Every student and employee is expected to contribute to energy efficiency in our district. Participating in the ENERGY STAR program provides a conduit for Wayne County Public Schools to show its students, staff and community as a whole the progress that our energy program is making.
Wayne County Public Schools has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leaders Top Performer for achieving an average energy performance rating of 78 for its entire 29 school portfolio. The district has also been recognized for increasing its energy efficiency by 10 percent or more as compared to a 2003 baseline. The district's success with its energy program can be traced back to the Wayne County Public School Board of Education's commitment to improving the learning environment for the students while decreasing our operating expenses. In 2003, the board appointed an energy manager, as well as approved an energy efficiency policy. It is the energy manager's responsibility to work with utility providers and educate staff on ways to increase energy efficiency, while maintaining overall classroom comfort. Routine energy audits are conducted to find faulty equipment, controls or ways to improve efficiency. Utility bills are monitored and routinely reviewed for the best possible rate code.