Staunton City Schools serve the students of Staunton, VA, a city of approximately 24,000 located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. The school district educates approximately 2,800 students in school buildings encompassing more than 510,000 square feet of floor space. In 2008, with increasing budgetary issues and a growing desire to improve the school system's environmental impact, district administrators contacted Energy Education, Inc. (EEI) for assistance. After signing a contract with EEI, the school board subsequently approved a policy mandating implementation of energy conservation guidelines, and an energy education manager was hired. The district has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2010.
Staunton City Schools has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the energy efficiency of its facilities by more than 20 percent compared to a 2008 baseline and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 77 across its portfolio of buildings. On top of these accomplishments, three of the district's schools have earned ENERGY STAR certification. After making the commitment to partner with EEI, the entire school system immediately began to support the schools' energy conservation efforts, and followed the guidance of the energy manager. All members of the school community have been actively involved in searching for additional ways to save energy. District administrators are continuing to search for ways to conserve, through HVAC operation, building usage and scheduling, and most importantly by stressing the importance of the actions of each individual each day. Compared to its baseline, the district currently prevents the emissions of more than 800 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 21,100 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years. Since its baseline, the district has saved more than $515,000. The district's management is extremely appreciative of the energy and financial savings and is incredibly proud of the district's efforts to improve the environment.