Tippecanoe School Corporation, located in Lafayette, Indiana, educates more than 12,000 students across over 2.5 million square feet of space. The district's mission is to educate students to reach their academic potential in an environment that encourages confidence, competence, and a desire for learning. In 1996, Tippecanoe School District contracted Energy Education, Inc. (EEI) to assist the district in increasing its energy efficiency. The successful partnership has led to significantly increased energy efficiency and has instilled a sustainable energy ethic throughout Tippecanoe School Corporation. The district's commitment to energy efficiency includes a partnership with ENERGY STAR that began in 2008.
Tippecanoe School Corporation has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 88 across its portfolio of buildings. Students as well as faculty and staff members at Tippecanoe School Corporation have improved energy efficiency through behavioral changes such as turning off lights and computers when not in use, maintaining proper thermostat settings in classrooms, keeping doors and windows closed when heat or AC is operating, unplugging electronics when not in use, and using window blinds to help control classroom temperature. An ongoing commitment to energy efficiency includes upgrading equipment and lighting to ENERGY STAR qualified appliances. The district is also involved in innovative projects to reduce its overall impact on the environment, including wind energy, solar, and propane-powered vehicles. In 2012, one of the district's elementary schools was awarded LEED Silver certification, and is one of only five schools in the state to achieve this recognition. The district is proud of its accomplishments, and will continue to seek ways to improve its energy program. Compared to its 2008 baseline, the district currently prevents the annual emissions of more than 400 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 10,200 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.