Northeast Metropolitan Intermediate School District (ISD) 916 works closely with its ten K-12 member districts to develop and refine its programs to meet the specific needs of all students. These programs provide member districts the opportunity to share services in a variety of areas, providing a high level of quality for an efficient cost. Northeast Metro ISD views energy efficiency as both an important opportunity to teach students about environmental protection as well as a way to reduce operating costs. As a result, the district strives to increase energy efficiency not only to maximize the funds available for instructional programs and support services but also to educate every student and employee about its environmental benefits. The district has partnered with the Schools for Energy Efficiency® (SEE) Program and the ENERGY STAR program, which have provided many valuable resources and ideas that have enabled district employees to meet energy goals and to ensure that students are learning to be good stewards of the environment.
Northeast Metropolitan Intermediate School District (ISD) 916 has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving its energy performance by 10 percent. Over 18 months the district has avoided greenhouse gas emissions of more than 500 metric tons, the equivalent of planting more than 100 acres of trees. The district's success in improving energy efficiency began with a commitment by the school board and superintendent. A key element to increasing energy efficiency in the district has been the help of the SEE Program, which helped compile and track energy data, identify energy savings opportunities, and identify energy waste and educate our staff. Successful energy management measures have included: