Mahtomedi Public Schools ISD 832 educates 3,100 K-12 students across more than 585,000 square feet of educational space in the northeast section of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The mission of the district, as a multi-community public school system, is to provide individually challenging, lifelong learning experiences for all people, leading to productive and self-fulfilling roles in a global society, accomplished by students, families, staff members, and communities all committed to excellence. The district recognized that it could improve energy use in its facilities and partnered with Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE) to develop low- and no-cost strategies for improving energy performance. The ENERGY STAR program provided support and resources, as well as recognition opportunities for energy-saving improvements and the district has been a Partner since 2005. These partnerships have been instrumental in helping shape staff member and student behavior toward saving energy.
Mahtomedi Public Schools ISD 832 has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 20 percent since its 2003 baseline and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 81 across its portfolio of buildings. Mahtomedi ISD 832 assessed the energy performance of all of its schools and implemented behavioral changes and physical improvements, such as lighting retrofits, that helped the district avoid more than $800,000 in energy costs. The district has prevented the emissions of more than 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 26,600 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.