Franklin Special School District (FSSD), located in Franklin, Tennessee, educates approximately 3,800 pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students in school buildings encompassing more than 1,036,000 square feet of floor space. FSSD's first priority is the safety and wellbeing of all of its students and faculty members. By providing a safe, supportive, caring, and productive environment, the district ensures that students are able to obtain the knowledge and skills they need to leave the school district and become successful learners in high school and beyond. FSSD officials view energy efficiency as an opportunity to improve environmental protection and reduce operating costs. The district's energy efficiency program is funded solely and rapidly by the savings it generates, enabling the district to redirect saved energy dollars to other priorities, such as instructional programs and support services.
FSSD has been recognized by EPA 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 98 across its portfolio of facilities. Working with Energy Education, Inc., FSSD tracked energy use data and identified opportunities to redirect monetary savings. Successful efficiency measures have included intensive facility audits, increased focus on the maintenance of energy systems and equipment, and the review and modification of both indoor and outdoor lighting schedules and thermostat set points. Purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified office equipment and appliances has also contributed to the program's success. FSSD received the Award for Energy Stewardship from Energy Education in 2011 to recognize the district's efforts to implement an innovative energy conservation and management program. Since 2010, the district has saved more than $500,000 on utility bills. Compared to its 2010 baseline, the district currently prevents the emissions of more than 1,900 metrics tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 50,700 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.