East Metro Integration District #6067 (EMID) in Minnesota educates 950 students in two school buildings that represent 206,000 square feet of floor space. The district operates on a year-round teaching schedule, and aims to provide culturally responsive learning opportunities that enable all students to participate fully in the social, economic, and democratic lives of their communities. EMID views energy efficiency as both an important opportunity to teach students about environmental protection and a way to reduce operating costs. As a result, the district strives to improve efficiency not only to maximize the funds available for instructional programs and support services but also to educate every student and employee about the environmental benefits of energy efficiency. Participating in the ENERGY STAR program has provided EMID with many valuable resources and ideas that have enabled district employees to meet energy goals and to ensure that its students are learning to be good stewards of the environment.
EPA has recognized East Metro Integration District #6067as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving its portfolio-wide efficiency by 10 percent. In just 12 months, with the help of the Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE) Program", EMID achieved an average ENERGY STAR score of 90 for the district's two schools. The district has eliminated annual greenhouse gas emissions of more than 200 metric tons, the yearly equivalent of planting more than 50 acres of trees. On a cost basis, this represents a savings of approximately $19,000 per year for the district.
The district's success in improving energy efficiency began with a commitment by the superintendent who appointed a district-wide energy manager to develop and implement a comprehensive energy management plan. A key element of the plan is the creation of energy teams in each school to compile and track energy data, identify energy savings opportunities, and oversee improvements. Successful efficiency measures include: