Henderson County Public Schools, located in Hendersonville, North Carolina, serves more than 13,300 students and more than 1,600 employees in facilities comprising over 2.2 million square feet of space. The mission of Henderson County Public Schools is to provide all students with the opportunity to learn and the encouragement to succeed in a safe environment. The district strives to honor each individual and nurture the potential of all children. Henderson's mission statement also includes a goal to maintain safe, high-quality, energy-efficient facilities. In 2009, the district hired its first energy manager and partnered with Educon, an energy conservation consultant. The district has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2010.
Henderson County Public Schools has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of more than 86 across its portfolio of buildings. In 2012, the district was recognized as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 10 percent compared to a 2009 baseline. Since its baseline year, the district has realized a 16 percent improvement in energy efficiency, resulting in over $1 million in cost avoidance. Regular energy audits score the schools on their energy conservation efforts, and provide staff members with constant feedback. Most of the energy savings have been realized by educating the district's staff members and students to make wise energy choices. The district has also made improvements in the HVAC and lighting systems as budgets permit or systems fail. When electric hot water heaters fail, they are replaced with gas-powered, tankless water heaters. Further improvements have included adding variable frequency drives to pump motors and replacing failed pump motors with premium efficiency motors. The district's two newest schools include solar hot water, highly reflective roofs, Solatube lighting in halls and classrooms, occupancy sensors, light shelves in classrooms, T-5 lighting throughout the buildings, and water source heat pumps. In 2012, the district plans to implement a system-wide lighting upgrade in gyms and media centers. Compared to its 2009 baseline, the district currently prevents the emissions of more than 1,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 43,500 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.