Western Brown Local School District, located in Ohio, encompasses more than 560,000 square feet of space. The district's primary goal is to provide a supportive, caring, and productive environment in which students can obtain the knowledge and technological abilities that they will need to become productive members of the community. As prices for electricity, natural gas, and water steadily increased, the district partnered with Cenergistic to combat utility costs and implement a comprehensive organizational behavior-driven energy conservation program. An ENERGY STAR partner since 2011, district has been exposed to valuable resources and ideas that ensure Western Brown students are learning to be good stewards of the environment.
Western Brown Local School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 20 percent compared to a 2011 baseline. In 2012, the district was recognized as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 84 across its portfolio of buildings. The district's comprehensive energy management program includes conservation recommendations followed by a complex methodology that includes assessment and planning, coordination and communication, leadership and focus, and measurement and verification. Students, staff members, and teachers embrace the program, and are vital to its success. Staff members work closely with conservation experts to audit buildings for most efficient operation and receive training to increase energy efficiency wherever possible. Roger Taylor, serving as the district's energy specialist, implements energy conservation behavior strategies and conducts regular energy audits to ensure that students and teachers are comfortable and that energy is used only as necessary. Compared to its 2011 baseline, Western Brown has saved more than $250,000 and is preventing the emissions of more than 1,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 30,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.