Johnston Community Schools
Top Performer (2010)
Johnston Community Schools, located in Johnston, IA, serves the educational needs of approximately 5,800 students. The district consists of five elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school, representing more than a million square feet of floor space. The Johnston Community School
District's mission is to prepare its community of learners for a changing world by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to be responsible, contributing citizens committed to excellence. The Johnston
Community School District views its energy efficiency program as another educational opportunity for students to learn about environmental stewardship, and an effective way to reduce operating expenses. Earning the ENERGY STAR has generated motivation and excitement in the district's efficiency program. The ENERGY STAR Web site has provided many helpful ideas and learning opportunities.
The Johnston Community School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leaders Top Performer for achieving an average energy performance rating of 86 across its entire portfolio of buildings. The district has realized an increase in energy efficiency of more than 22 percent compared to a 2007-08 baseline. The district has reduced its overall greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,400 metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of planting more than 300 acres of trees every year. The Johnston Community School District has so far had a program cost avoidance of more than $250,000 since 2007. These funds have been reallocated to address other educational needs. The program began with a commitment from our school board to implement an energy efficiency program. A district energy manager was hired to track energy use and identify energy saving opportunities, and success of the program can be credited to having a team approach. Everyone from the superintendent to the students is expected to do their part in energy conservation. Measures taken to reduce energy conservation have included reducing unnecessary electrical use, replacement of outdated lighting, and following Energy Education, Inc. and ENERGY STAR energy management guidelines.