Minnetonka Public School District is a mid-sized suburban school district about 20 miles west of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area in Minnesota. Minnetonka Public Schools serves more than 9,400 K-12 students throughout 10 communities. The district aims to help each student develop the knowledge, skills, confidence, and character to thrive in a changing world. District administrators decided to make sustainable energy choices in order to save on utility costs and redirect funds to the classroom to better serve students' educational needs. The district has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2011.
Minnetonka Public School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving its district-wide energy efficiency by more than 20 percent compared to a 2004 baseline and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 90 across its portfolio of buildings. The district's administration has implemented several energy-saving practices, including increased insulation of the building envelope and roofs, energy-efficient double-insulated E glass and tinted windows and doors, and rain sensors on irrigation systems. The district also installed low-flow restroom, shower, and classroom fixtures; new direct digital controls on building automation systems; lighting controls through building automation; occupancy sensors; and carbon dioxide detectors. Training operations staff members, increasing staff member and student awareness, and hands-on involvement facilitated these energy savings. Minnetonka Public School District has saved more than $2 million in cumulative energy costs. Compared to its baseline year, the district currently prevents the annual emissions of more than 450 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equal to the carbon sequestered by 11,700 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.