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Danville Community Consolidated School District No. 118

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Top Performer (2011)

Danville Community School District #118 in Danville, Illinois educates almost 6,150 students and employs more than 800 staff members in 13 buildings, representing approximately 1,072,000 square feet of floor space. The district operates on a traditional school schedule in most of its buildings. Our main goal is to provide a supportive, caring, and productive environment in which the young people of Danville can obtain the knowledge, technological abilities, and other skills that they will need to become productive members of the community. Danville District #118 views energy efficiency as both an important opportunity to teach students about environmental protections, as well as a way to reduce operating costs. As a result, the district strives to conserve energy 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 ENERGY STAR has provided the district with many valuable resources and ideas that have enabled us to meet our energy goals and to ensure that Danville students are learning to be good stewards of the environment.

 

EPA has recognized Danville Community School District #118 as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 85 for our entire 13-building portfolio. Over the past 5 years, we have reduced our overall energy consumption by 102,377 MMBTUs and eliminated emissions of almost 2,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide. This is equivalent to the annual emissions from more than 520 passenger cars or planting 572 acres of pine trees. On a cost basis, this represents a savings of approximately $1.6 million since February 2006 for the district. The district's success in improving energy efficiency began with a commitment by the Superintendent, who appointed a district-wide Energy Manager, who was trained by Energy Education Inc. They developed and implemented a comprehensive energy management plan, working together with the teaching staff, students, and custodial staff to learn to reduce energy. The Energy Manager also regularly shares information so that we can learn from others successes and failures.

 

Successful efficiency measures have included increased focus on maintenance of energy systems and equipment, upgrading lighting systems; reviewing and modifying both indoor and outdoor lighting schedules and thermostat set points; and purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified office equipment and appliances whenever possible.