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Montgomery Township School District

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20% Improvement (2010)

Montgomery Township School District in New Jersey educates more than 5,000 students in 5 school buildings representing approximately 900,000 square feet of floor space. The district operates on a 10- month teaching schedule with numerous clubs, activities, and events gathering year-round. Montgomery Township School District's main goal to provide a supportive, caring, and productive environment in which the young people of Montgomery Township can obtain the knowledge, technological abilities, and other skills that they will need to become productive members of the community. Montgomery Township School District views energy efficiency as both an important opportunity to teach students about environmental protection, as well as a way to reduce operating costs. As a result, the district strives to increase energy efficiency to maximize the funds available for instructional programs and support services, and to educate every student and employee about the environmental benefits of energy efficiency. Participation in the ENERGY STAR program has provided the district with many valuable resources and ideas that have enabled it to meet its energy goals and to ensure that Montgomery Township students are learning to be good stewards of the environment.

Montgomery Township School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving its energy performance by 20 percent as compared to a 2006 baseline. The district has two schools that have earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy efficiency. The district has avoided annual greenhouse gas emissions of more than 3,000 metric tons, the equivalent of planting more than 700 acres of trees every year. Since the inception of its energy management program, Montgomery Township School District has saved more than $1,000,000 per year, enough to cover the cost of more than 18 new teaching positions. The district's success in improving energy efficiency began with a commitment by the superintendent, who appointed a district-wide energy manager to develop and implement a comprehensive energy management plan. A key element of the plan is to compile and track energy data, identify energy savings opportunities, and oversee improvements. Successful efficiency measures have included:

  • Increasing focus on maintenance of energy systems and equipment
  • Upgrading lighting systems
  • Reviewing and modifying both indoor and outdoor lighting schedules, ventilation schedules, and thermostat set points and
  • Purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified office equipment and appliances whenever possible.