The New Castle Community School Corporation serves more than 3,600 students in buildings encompassing more than 1 million square feet of space. The mission of the New Castle Community School Corporation, in partnership with parents and the community, is to provide an appropriate educational program and learning environment which will effectively meet the educational needs of its students and help students accomplish educational goals which are significant, durable, and transferable. In 2010, New Castle Community Schools partnered with Energy Education Inc. to begin an energy conservation program with the goals of saving money on utility costs and creating an atmosphere of conservation within the school corporation. The success of this program has allowed money saved through energy conservation to be redirected to instructional programs and support services. The district has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 2010.
New Castle Community School Corporation has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 30 percent compared to a 2010 baseline and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 87 across its portfolio of buildings. From 2011 to 2012, the corporation saved more than $630,000 on utility costs. The district's energy savings and improved efficiency have been the result of numerous building audits, running equipment more efficiently, and the review and modification of lighting schedules, thermostat set points, and HVAC operation schedules for each building. The success of New Castle's energy conservation program is the result of a team effort, which started with the foresight of the school board and central office administration to hire Energy Education Inc. to provide expertise and guidance with the program. As program implementation began, many groups were called upon to make necessary changes in the operation of buildings. The district's maintenance department and custodians were instrumental in implementing many of the mechanical and schedule changes. Teachers and students have been cooperative and supportive of the program, and many have expressed that they are now more "energy conscious" at home. Compared to its 2010 baseline, the district currently prevents the emission of more than 3,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 93,600 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.