The York County School Division, home to 18 schools, 1,800 employees, and more than 12,000 students, earned ENERGY STAR Leaders Top Performer recognition in 2009 for achieving superior energy performance across its portfolio of buildings with an average rating of 89. The division previously earned Leaders recognition for improving its energy efficiency by 10 percent in 2005 and 20 percent in 2006.
The York County School Division uses a two-pronged approach to increase energy efficiency, save money, and help the environment. First, engineering efforts were implemented to optimize systems, such as replacing outdated fluorescent lights with efficient T-8 lighting with electronic ballasts and installing digital building automation systems. Other energy-saving measures, such as occupancy sensors, heat wheels, variable-frequency pumping, and geothermal-linked heat pumps, were introduced during building renovations. The division's second approach centers on educating employees and students about the importance of energy efficiency and how they can influence it. Since 2005, the division has avoided costs in excess of $1.5 million.