Northwest Allen County School District, near Fort Wayne, Indiana, educates over 6,500 students in buildings representing 1,617,000 square feet of floor space. The district's goal is to provide a healthy and safe learning environment that engages, supports, and challenges each learner in a culture of achievement and excellence. In 2009, Northwest Allen retained Energy Education, Inc. to increase energy efficiency and save district funds. The district has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2010.
Northwest Allen County School District has been recognized by EPA as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 95 across its portfolio of buildings. With continued guidance from Energy Education's consultants each month, the district began to realize the value of energy savings; the district saved approximately $1,500,000 in the first 22 months of the program and was awarded the Environmental Excellence Award by Energy Education. Behavioral changes from staff members in each building were critical to the program's success. Northwest Allen will continue to conserve energy to maximize the funds available for instructional programs and support services, and will continue to educate students and staff members about the environmental benefits of energy efficiency. The district has prevented the emissions of more than 2,750 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 71,600 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.