Goshen Community Schools, located in Goshen, Indiana, educates approximately 6,500 students in school buildings comprising more than one million square feet of floor space. The mission of the district is to ensure that all students acquire knowledge and apply skills that will enhance future opportunities. In 2009, the district teamed with Energy Education, Inc. to begin a proactive approach to lowering utility costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. District officials aim to increase energy efficiency in order to maximize the funds available for instructional programs and support services. Through implementing efficiency measures, all employees have developed a more comprehensive awareness of energy use. The district's efforts have resulted in a lower impact on the environment as well as a reduction in operating expenses, thereby saving taxpayer money. The district has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2009.
Goshen Community School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 20 percent compared to a 2009 baseline and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 87 across its portfolio of buildings. Working with Energy Education, Inc., the district has tracked energy use and identified opportunities to redirect monetary savings. Successful efficiency measures have included intensive facility audits; an increased focus on maintaining energy systems and equipment; and reviewing and modifying both indoor and outdoor lighting schedules and thermostat set points. Compared to its 2009 baseline, the district is preventing the emissions of more than 2,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 71,300 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years. This represents an annual savings of approximately $785,000 for the district.