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Alachua County Public Schools

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Top Performer (2013)
10% Improvement (2013)

Located in the heart of North Central Florida, Alachua County Public Schools educates more than 27,000 students and employs more than 4,000 people across a combined floor space of more than 4 million square feet. The district envisions all students graduating with the knowledge, skills, and personal characteristics to be lifelong learners and independent thinkers. Sustainability is a core value for the district. Alachuas school board passed a green resolution confirming their commitment to sustainability, and the district hired an Energy Conservation Specialist in 2011 to provide educational support and assistance with meeting district- wide energy and water conservation goals. Alachua County Public Schools has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2013.

 

Alachua County Public Schools has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the energy efficiency of its facilities by more than 10 percent compared to a 2006 baseline and as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR 1 - 100 score of 77 across its portfolio of buildings. Every employee and student in the school district is fundamental to the success of conserving energy within Alachua County Public Schools. The IT Department monitors and shuts down over 14,000 district computers daily, and the Facilities Department is involved in day to day maintenance, including BAS operations for the entire district. A team effort allows the district to plan new ways to save resources and energy on future projects. Compared to its 2006 baseline, the district currently prevents the emissions of more than 6,900 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 177,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.