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School District of the City of Erie

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20% Improvement (2013)

The School District of the City of Erie serves approximately 12,000 students in buildings encompassing more than 2.1 million square feet of floor space. By actively engaging students in their learning through a high-quality curriculum and excellent teaching, Erie public schools are raising expectations and creating a culture of high standards, collaboration, respect, and accountability. Following this logic, the district has been working for several years on a comprehensive energy efficiency program focusing on personal responsibility and action, including direct engagement with students. Throughout this process, the district used the ENERGY STAR program as a technical backbone because of its useful and incentivized programs. An ENERGY STAR Partner since 2010, the district has participated in the ENERGY STAR Challenge and the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition.


The School District of the City of Erie has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the performance of its buildings by more than 20 percent compared to the districts 2005 baseline. Beginning with a single building and single teacher in 2007, a student-based conservation project grew into a district-wide program by 2010. This process included developing the school districts first comprehensive energy conservation guidelines to ensure building operations focused on low-cost, practical actions versus purchasing new technology. The district community takes particular pride in accomplishing the reductions during the recent years of great economic challenge by spending virtually nothing on additional equipment and instead, relying on environmental education. In 2012, the district saved approximately $380,000. Compared to its 2005 baseline, the district currently prevents the annual emissions of more than 3,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 88,300 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.