ENERGY STAR Leaders

Canfield Local Schools

Canfield, Ohio
20% Improvement (2012)
30% Improvement (2013)

Canfield Local School District, located in northeast Ohio, educates 2,900 students across a combined floor space of more than 438,000 square feet. Canfield Local School District is dedicated to providing a caring environment and a program that prepares all students to become life-long learners capable of meeting the challenges of an ever-changing society. In 2010, recognizing the need to be proactive in addressing energy conservation and its beneficial effects on the environment and on operating costs, the district partnered with ENERGY STAR and Cenergisitic to implement a comprehensive energy conservation program. A major goal of the program is to increase the efficiency of energy and resource utilization, thereby maximizing direct funding for student services.

 

Canfield Local School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 30 percent compared to a 2010 baseline. The district has improved energy efficiency by eliminating unnecessary electricity and natural gas usage in buildings during both occupied and unoccupied periods. New ENERGY STAR qualified ovens have replaced older equipment in the kitchens of all the school buildings, and new energy-efficient lighting has been installed in the gymnasiums of the middle school and high school buildings. Intensive building audits enable close monitoring of energy consumption, and EnergyCAP, a third-party database computer software package, enables the measurement of program savings and provides analysis of energy use according to international standards. The district also developed and implemented a preventive maintenance and monitoring plan for its buildings and their systems, including HVAC, building envelope, and moisture management. These measures have achieved a total cost savings of more than $471,000, and in 2012, Canfield Local School District was awarded Cenergistics Stewardship Award for its sustained energy conservation and minimal impact on the environment. Compared to its 2010 baseline, the district currently prevents the emissions of more than 1,300 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 34,200 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.