Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent Schools
Top Performer (2009)
Energy efficiency has been a top priority in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District for more than six years. The district, located in Carrollton, Texas, educates approximately 26,000 students across 52 buildings. Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leaders Top Performer for achieving a portfolio-wide average of 78. After joining the ENERGY STAR program in August 2007, Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District now has another tool to show that its programs are working. Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District found $240,000 in utility overcharges using EPA's Portfolio Manager tool. In the last year alone, the district has avoided carbon emissions equal to the annual emissions of more than 250 cars or the planting of 325 acres of trees.
The district uses good engineering practices and cultural changes to improve its energy efficiency. The district has implemented such changes as investing in software that allows the district to shut down about 90 percent of its computers at the end of the day, using direct digital control (DDC) systems to regulate HVAC equipment, and installing lighting controls in some buildings. Programs such as Watt Watchers, Kitchen-Watt Watchers, and Tools for Schools, Energy Efficiency, Asbestos, Moisture Management, and Safety and Security (TEAMS) are just a few examples of how the district has educated staff, students and the general public about indoor environmental health and energy efficiency best practices.
As energy efficiency becomes increasingly important, Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District prides itself on tackling the challenge of improving its energy performance. With the help of Portfolio Manger, engineering, technology and district cultural programs, the staff and students have helped cut overall energy use as well as improved the indoor environmental health of the schools. Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District energy consumption remained flat this year compared to last year even though the district added over 100,000 square feet to its portfolio and 300,000 square feet of newly remodeled buildings.