Located in Lowell, IN, the Tri-Creek School Corporation educates 3700 students in 5 school buildings. The corporation operates one high school and one middle school building and 3 elementary buildings. Additionally there are three other facilities that bring the total floor space in the corporation to 824,000. While the official school year spans August through early June, many programs and extracurricular events occur year round. In January of 2004, the district officially launched its energy conservation campaign in an effort to contain energy costs. The Tri-Creek School Corporation teamed with Energy Education, Inc. of Wichita Falls, Texas and utilizes their people-oriented approach. The school corporation adopted specific energy use guidelines and procedures, and a permanent part-time energy manager was hired. Four years later, the Tri-Creek School Corporation took the additional step on its energy conservation quest and became an ENERGY STAR Partner, making a fundamental commitment to protect the environment through improved energy performance. Tri-Creek simultaneously continues their pledge to provide effective learning for students through programs, practices, and technology.
Implementing the people-oriented Transformational Energy Management Process developed by Energy Education has significantly reduced the district's energy consumption when compared to the pre-program baseline. EEI's staff of specialists provides ongoing on-site training and oversight to ensure savings are maximized. In October 2007, Energy Education awarded the district with the Energy Pacesetter Award. The honor sets the Tri-Creek School Corporation apart as an example for other schools to follow. The corporation has decreased its consumption by nearly 24% and eliminated emissions of nearly 300 tons of CO2 per year. In addition, the district has achieved an overall ENERGY STAR rating of 91 for the eight buildings. The environmental savings translates to dollar savings as well. In just 33 months, Tri-Creek Schools have saved over $840,000 compared to the baseline year.