North Syracuse Central School District (CSD), located in Onondaga County, New York, educates more than 9,500 students across more than 1.2 million square feet of floor space. The district operates on a year-round teaching schedule and is committed to ensuring that all students achieve success through relevant and rigorous schoolwork. The district's goal is to prepare students for lifelong learning and full participation in contemporary society, while empowering them with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes valued by students and society at large. The North Syracuse CSD Facilities Department maintains that energy conservation can only be achieved if everyone is committed to conservation efforts. The district began participating in the ENERGY STAR program through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) Energy Smart Schools Program in March 2005 and has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2011.
North Syracuse CSD has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 79 across its portfolio of buildings. North Syracuse CSD has been recognized in the past by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving its energy performance by more than 10 percent compared to a 2003 baseline. The district's success in improving energy efficiency began with a commitment from the Board of Education and Superintendent, who appointed a district-wide energy analyst to assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive energy management plan. One key element of the plan was an energy committee (consisting of board members, administrators, teaching staff members, office personnel, and operations staff members) to compile and track energy data, identify energy savings opportunities, and oversee improvements. The committee meets regularly to review and learn from the successes and failures of initiatives. Successful efficiency measures have included an increased focus on maintenance of energy systems and equipment; the installation of high-efficiency lighting systems; an upgrade of the mechanical systems; review and modification of both indoor and outdoor lighting schedules and thermostat set points; and the purchase of ENERGY STAR-qualified office equipment and appliances whenever possible. North Syracuse CSD has experienced an estimated annual cost savings of nearly $275,000. Compared to a 2003 baseline, North Syracuse Central School District is preventing the annual emissions of more than 1,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which is equal to the carbon sequestered by 35,800 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.