Juneau School District in Juneau, Alaska educates approximately 5,000 students in buildings comprising more than 953,000 square feet of floor space. The district's mission is to provide each student with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to become a contributing citizen in a changing world. Juneau School District views energy conservation as a way to improve its impact on the environment, generate cost savings, and promote sustainability. The district began working with Energy Education, Inc. in 2006 to implement energy management guidelines for the district, track energy use data, and determine ways to save additional energy and redirect these savings to instructional programs and support services. Juneau School District has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2010.
Juneau School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 20 percent compared to a 2006 baseline and as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 84 across its portfolio of buildings. Significant improvements in energy efficiency have been realized through upgrades to antiquated building control systems; increased attention to occupancy schedules; and retrofitting lighting with automated controls and new fixtures. These improvements have yielded a total savings of approximately $2.3 million. Compared to a 2006 baseline, the district is preventing the annual emission of more than 1,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 156,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.
Close coordination between Maintenance and Operations and the Facilities Department yielded a major commitment to maximize energy efficiency through both renovation and new construction. Implementation of the energy conservation program included the hiring of an energy manager who conducts regular building audits of all facilities; maintains a utility database using E-CAP software; and communicates with the maintenance, custodial, and administrative departments regarding building energy use. Custodial crews have learned more efficient methods of operation, including adjusting cleaning schedules to minimize extended operating times and close unoccupied spaces earlier in the evenings. The district also engages students and staff member by communicating energy savings progress, tips, and suggestions through district-wide newsletters, as well as by holding contests on energy conservation efforts to encourage awareness of energy use.