Jackson Local School District, located in Massillon, Ohio, serves more than 5,800 students across more than 1,032,000 square feet of space. The district's administration puts students first and believes that collaboration with and among students, staff members, parents, and the community is essential for continuous improvement. Since the district receives little state funding, most of the funding comes from the local level. For this reason, it is imperative for the district to develop ways to use funds efficiently. With this in mind, Jackson's administrators look to their energy efficiency program as a way to save money, as well as to educate students and the community. A partner of the ENERGY STAR program since 2011, the district has acquired valuable resources to help ensure continuous energy savings. The district's administration has involved principals in the energy saving process by encouraging them to achieve a 25 percent improvement in energy performance compared to a 2009 baseline.
Jackson Local School District has been recognized by EPA as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 96 across its portfolio of buildings. Furthermore, each school has earned ENERGY STAR certification. The district's energy program has been a success because of the commitment of the Board of Education, administration, and staff members. To spearhead the program, the superintendent appointed an energy specialist who works closely with administrators, custodians, and staff members to share ideas about how to conserve energy. Teachers have "Energy Buddies," who help by shutting off lights and turning off appliances when not in use, and students are learning how to conserve energy at school and at home. The district has experienced a cost savings of 27 percent, which equates to approximately $418,000 per year. Jackson Local School District is using the saved funds to reinvest in its energy program. The district plans to seal building envelopes, modify duct work, improve the building management system by upgrading the interface, modify the existing lighting control, and purchase ENERGY STAR-qualified office equipment. The district has prevented the emissions of more than 1,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 46,700 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.