The Alamance-Burlington School System in the Piedmont region of North Carolina educates nearly 23,000 students and employs nearly 3,000 full- and part-time employees. It is the 16th largest school district in North Carolina and the second largest employer in Alamance County. The mission of the Alamance-Burlington School System is to educate all students to meet high academic standards and to prepare all students to be responsible citizens in a complex, changing world. In a fiscally challenging environment, the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education recognized the need to adopt a novel approach to simultaneously save jobs and services while promoting responsible stewardship of environmental resources. In August 2009, the Board partnered with Energy Education, Inc. with the goal of achieving substantial energy savings, and hired a full-time Energy Education specialist in October 2009. The district has been a partner of the ENERGY STAR program since 2010.
Alamance-Burlington School System has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving its energy efficiency by more than 10 percent since its 2009 baseline year and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 91 across its portfolio of buildings. The Alamance-Burlington School System achieved these reductions in part through retrofitting projects such as replacing T12 with T8 lighting in many buildings; instituting an Energy Management System to control temperatures and lighting; and replacing incandescent bulbs with CFL lamps. Compared to its 2009 baseline, the district is preventing the emissions of more than 1,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 41,600 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.