Smithfield School District in Rhode Island educates 2,500 students in seven school buildings representing approximately 420,000 square feet of floor space. The district's main goal is to educate, challenge and inspire all students by setting high standards and instilling the value of integrity in order to develop effective communicators, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners who contribute to their changing local and global communities. Smithfield School District views energy efficiency as a way to educate students and the staff about taking care of the environment, as well as a way to reduce operating costs. Participation in the ENERGY STAR program has provided the district with many valuable resources and ideas that have enabled it to meet its energy performance goals and to ensure that Smithfield students are learning to be good stewards of the environment.
Smithfield School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for achieving a portfolio-wide average performance rating of 82. The district has avoided annual greenhouse gas emissions of more than 650 metric tons, the equivalent of planting more than 150 acres of trees each year. The district's successful energy program began with a commitment by the superintendent and school committee who, with the help of Energy Education Inc., appointed a district-wide energy manager to implement a Transformational Energy Management Process. The district also began purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified office equipment and appliances whenever possible.