Franklin Township Community School Corporation (FTCSC), located in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a suburban-rural school system with a student population of about 8,600 and more than 800 employees. The district operates approximately 1.6 million square feet of floor space. FTCSC's mission is to instill in all students a passion for lifelong learning and to inspire each one to contribute as a responsible citizen to the future of our interconnected world. In today's world, part of being a responsible citizen means being economically and ecologically aware, which is why the ENERGY STAR program has become much more relevant to the district's daily operation. FTCSC understands and acknowledges the importance of maintaining its energy conservation program, not only to educate students and staff members about the benefits of environmental protection, but also to provide an opportunity to maximize funds to keep educators and programs in the classrooms. The district has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2009.
FTCSC has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the energy efficiency of its facilities by more than 30 percent compared to a 2000 baseline. The district was also recognized as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 81 across its portfolio of buildings. This increase in energy efficiency came during a period when FTCSC was experiencing a 40 percent increase in enrollment. Some of the improvements in energy efficiency are a result of improved HVAC and utilities monitoring, major building renovations, preventative maintenance, and upgrading appliances and hardware to ENERGY STAR qualified equipment. Other steps taken to increase energy efficiency include measures such as shutting down non-essential equipment when not in use (including computers, monitors, and indoor and outdoor lights), limiting the use of appliances to authorized areas, adjusting after-school shift schedules, and ensuring regular communication between district maintenance personnel and FTCSC faculty members. All of these adjustments were made while drastically improving the learning and teaching environment. Compared to its baseline year, FTCSC is currently preventing the emissions of more than 5,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 144,200 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.