Pendleton County School District in Falmouth, Kentucky serves more than 2,500 students in facilities encompassing more than 534,000 square feet of space. District administrators believe that "it's about kids." Every decision, from the board room to the classroom, is based on doing what's best for students. The district's more than 350 dedicated staff members share a common goal of providing a world-class education for each and every child. Time and again, the students and staff members earn regional, state, and national recognition in academic, athletic, and professional contests. The district is blessed with amazing support from the families and business community, who are all intent on creating a positive environment for students to learn and succeed. District administrators strive to conserve energy in order to maximize the funds available for instructional programs and support services, and to educate every student and employee about the environmental benefits of energy efficiency. The district has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2012.
Pendleton County School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the efficiency of its facilities by more than 10 percent compared to a 2009 baseline. The district was also recognized as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 87 across its portfolio of buildings. The District's success in improving energy efficiency began with a commitment by the Superintendent, who partnered with six other school districts to hire an energy manager to develop and implement a comprehensive energy management plan for each district and track energy consumption. A key element of the plan was to create energy teams (made up of representatives from each school's administration, teachers, students, and custodial staff members) to identify energy-saving opportunities and oversee improvements. Other successful efficiency measures have included focusing on proper maintenance of energy systems and equipment, upgrading lighting systems, modifying thermostat set points, building an energy-saving culture with students and staff members throughout the district, and purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified appliances whenever possible. Compared to its 2009 baseline, the district currently prevents the annual emissions of 570 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 14,600 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.