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Crosby-Ironton School District #182

Logo for Crosby-Ironton School District #182 Crosby, Minnesota
10% Improvement (2009)
Top Performer (2009)
20% Improvement (2010)
Top Performer (2011)
Top Performer (2012)

Crosby-Ironton Independent School District 182 (CISD) is located in Crosby, Minnesota. The district educates about 1,200 K-12 students in schools and facilities comprising more than 300,000 square feet of floor space. The mission of the district is to prepare students for the opportunities to succeed in life. Through its involvement in an innovative program with Schools for Energy Efficiency® (SEE), Minnesota Power, and Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation (MERC), CISD has avoided more than $196,000 in energy costs since 2008 and accumulated more than $77,000 in incentive dollars to be used towards energy saving asset improvement projects. This outcome-based pilot program combines the proven delivery strategy of the SEE program with utility incentives that are based on energy-saving achievement levels. Crosby-Ironton School District 182 has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 2008.

Crosby-Ironton Independent School District 182 has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 86 across its portfolio of buildings. In 2010, the district was recognized as an ENERGY STAR Leader by improving energy efficiency in the district by more than 20 percent compared to a 2008 baseline. Both of these energy efficiency milestones were met by during the districts first year of participation in the ENERGY STAR and SEE programs. CISD has used a variety of techniques to keep schools operating as efficiently as possible while maintaining an effective learning environment. Efficiency measures have included operational and awareness campaigns and trainings for building operators. The district encourages students and staff members to become more aware of their energy use and provides guidance on changing energy behaviors. Compared to its 2008 baseline, the district is preventing the emissions of more than 530 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 13,600 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.