ENERGY STAR Leaders

Lodi School District

Logo for Lodi School District Lodi, Wisconsin
20% Improvement (2011)

The School District of Lodi is a K-12 Wisconsin public school located in Lodi, WI, that educates 1,664 students in four school buildings encompassing approximately 460,000 square feet of building space. The district operates a full teaching schedule during the September-to-June school year. The district's high school features an indoor, Olympic-sized pool that provides aquatic education, physical therapy, and sporting opportunities to the students and community members living in the Lodi area. The high school also houses the Performing Arts Center, which hosts many school and community musical and theatrical productions. This is a modern, air-conditioned facility with excellent seating and high quality sound and lighting equipment. Two of the district's buildings are fully air-conditioned.

 

The mission of the School District of Lodi, a strong partnership of families, community, and educators, is to inspire students to become life-long learners who seek new understanding and skills to assume the role of responsible and contributing members of society by creating a world-class, innovative learning environment that stimulates academic and personal excellence. To help support this mission, the districts board of education and administration have taken a progressive leadership role in improving the energy efficiency of its buildings during the past 4 years.

 

The School District of Lodi has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving its energy efficiency by more than 20 percent across its portfolio of buildings since its base year of 2007. Through its efforts to save energy, the district has achieved cost savings of $70,000 annually and even higher avoided utility costs due to rising energy prices. Annual electricity use has declined more than 640,000 kWh, and annual natural gas use has decreased by 73,000 therms over comparable winters. To achieve these savings, the district worked closely with Wisconsin's Focus on Energy program and Lodi Utilities to identify opportunities for improvements that provided a good return in energy savings. Through its power supplier, WPPI Energy, Lodi Utilities was able to provide grants to help pay for electricity efficiency projects. These grants were in addition to those provided by Focus on Energy. The board elected to participate in WPPI Energy's Energy Management for Schools program by adopting a policy describing its commitment to improving energy management and budgeting for specific projects each year. Project selection and prioritization was done in consultation with Focus on Energy and Lodi Utilities. To participate in the program and become eligible for the enhanced funding, the district needed to actively use the EPA's ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to benchmark its progress.

 

The district's impressive energy savings were achieved through retro-commissioning work done on the middle school, upgrading lighting to high performance and low-wattage T8 fluorescent lighting, improving boiler efficiencies and controls, and scheduling heating, cooling, and ventilating equipment using the building automation controls in the high school and middle school. Annual progress reports are also provided to the school boards facilities committee, while periodic press releases highlight the progress being made. Thirteen of the district's teachers took specialized training in energy education for incorporation in a variety of classes and grade levels. Lodi Utilities provided scholarships for the teachers to receive the training. An independent study group of high school students recently conducted a district-wide energy experiment that involved all students and teachers in seeing how little electricity they could use in one school day. Excitement is building as the middle school is approaching qualification to earn the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance.