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Upper Merion Area School District

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Top Performer (2010)
30% Improvement (2010)

Upper Merion Area School District

King of Prussia, PA

Top Performer (2010)

30% Improvement (2010)

 

The Upper Merion Area School District (UMASD), located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, serves 3,700 students in six school and five support buildings, totaling more than 900,000 square feet. The district's mission statement is, "Inspire Excellence In Every Student, Every Day" and UMASD applied that basic philosophy in its approach to energy management. As tax revenues shrank and budgets grew tighter while facility size and enrollments grew, UMASD felt energy efficiency could help reduce operating costs and focus more resources on educating students. After carefully studying programs offered by several commercial energy management service providers, UMASD decided to become an ENERGY STAR partner and develop its own internal energy management program based on the ENERGY STAR program.

 

The Upper Merion Area School District has earned ENERGY STAR Leaders Top Performer recognition for achieving an average energy performance rating of 93 across its entire portfolio of buildings and has also been recognized for increasing energy efficiency by 30 percent. UMASD started its energy efficiency program in 2006 at Candlebrook Elementary where it gained the staff's support, learned and practiced energy management skills, and developed plans to expand energy efficiency across the district. Even though Candlebrook was built in 1999, it initially had a surprisingly low energy performance rating. After a thorough energy inspection, many changes to the energy management system, and simple building repairs, in 2008 Candlebrook became UMASD's first building to earn the ENERGY STAR. Since then, two more schools have earned the ENERGY STAR. The district has reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,800 metric tons a year, the equivalent of planting more than 400 acres of trees.