Pottsgrove School District (PGSD), located in southeast Pennsylvania, educates approximately 3,300 students in buildings comprising 587,000 square feet of space. The district is committed to providing environmentally friendly facilities for the Pottsgrove community through the implementation of several sustainability initiatives, and the Pottsgrove Board of Directors recognizes the district's responsibilities to meet energy needs while providing a first-class learning environment for all students and staff members. The Board has pledged its dedication to increase energy efficiency through its policies, strategic planning, and implementation of capital projects. Working under the guidelines of ENERGY STAR and Tools for Schools programs, the district has increased energy efficiency while improving indoor air quality across the district. PGSD became an ENERGY STAR Partner in 2009 and pledged to protect the environment through continuous improvement of its energy performance.
EPA has recognized Pottsgrove School District as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving its portfolio-wide energy performance by 30 percent and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 75 across its portfolio of buildings. Lower Pottsgrove Elementary and West Pottsgrove Elementary Schools have also earned ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance. The district has accomplished these improvements through a variety of energy efficiency strategies, including retrofitting lighting fixtures; installing classroom motion sensors; modifying heating and cooling operating schedules; educating faculty and staff members; and adopting a district-wide energy policy. The administration and staff members strive to "think green" when addressing building needs and requests. Compared to its 2008 baseline, Pottsgrove School District has reduced its annual energy costs by more than $450,000 and is preventing the emissions of more than 1,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 30,700 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.