Holmdel Township School District in New Jersey educates more than 3,300 students in four school buildings representing approximately 570,000 square feet of floor space. The district operates on a year-round schedule; summer activities include summer enrichment programs and extended school year classes. Our main goal is to provide a supportive, caring, and productive environment in which the young people of Holmdel Township can obtain the knowledge, technological abilities, and other skills that they will need to become productive members of the community. Holmdel 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 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 Holmdel students are learning to be good stewards of the environment.
EPA has recognized Holmdel Township Public Schools as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving its district-wide energy efficiency by more than 50 percent compared to a 2008 baseline. Over the past 2 years, the district has reduced its overall energy consumption by 66,230 MMBTUs, or 53 percent, and eliminated emissions of over 3,250 metric tons of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the annual emissions from more than 630 vehicles. 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. The Energy Manager compiles and tracks energy data, identifies energy savings opportunities, and oversees improvements. 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. This combination of efficiencies and improvements has propelled the district toward realizing financial savings and has had a significant positive impact on our environment.