Zionsville Community School District, located 20 minutes northwest of Indianapolis, Indiana, currently serves more than 5,700 students and has an average graduation rate of 98 percent. The district's buildings, comprising more than 1.5 million square feet, serve the needs of students, staff members, and the greater Zionsville community. The district's mission is to provide customized 21st century experiences that ensure maximum student growth leading to productive citizenship in the world community. The Board of School Trustees firmly believes that a strong commitment to energy conservation is an integral part of this mission, and that every effort should be made to conserve energy and natural resources while exercising sound financial management. In line with this vision, the district became an ENERGY STAR Partner in 2011.
Zionsville Community School District has earned recognition as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 20 percent compared to a 2010 baseline, and as a Top Performer for earning an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 94 across its entire portfolio of buildings. Through its Energy Conservation Program, and with participation from students, staff members, administration, the school board, and the greater Zionsville community, the district has reduced its utility costs by $650,000 since its baseline year of 2010. With continued behavioral changes and awareness of energy conservation practices, the district anticipates exceeding its current success. Compared to its 2010 baseline, the district is preventing the emissions of more than 2,850 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 73,200 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.