The Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District in southeastern Wisconsin educates approximately 6,000 students in 10 buildings. This encompasses approximately 992,000 square feet of floor space. The district's mission, together with community partners, is to provide an educational program in a positive learning environment that will inspire, challenge, and engage students in order for them to develop their full potential and become responsible, respectful, productive citizens. The district started an energy management and savings program in 2005 with the help of Energy Education, Inc. The goals of that program included developing energy usage awareness while saving dollars. Participation in the ENERGY STAR program has enabled the district to monitor its buildings for improvement while providing a reference point for students and staff to see their progress.
EPA has recognized Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District as an ENERGY STAR Leaders Top Performer for achieving an overall energy performance rating of 85. Since 2005 the district has avoided energy costs of more than $2,000,000. The money saved has been instrumental in funding the needs created by increased enrollment and additional curriculum requirements. In the last year alone, the district has reduced its annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2,300 metric tons, the equivalent of planting more than 500 acres of trees every year. The willingness of teachers and staff to modify building usages, including light management, evening, weekend, holiday and summer building shutdowns, has contributed to energy savings. Other contributing factors include lighting upgrades, window improvements, water equipment replacement, a summer four-day work week and the opening of two new energy efficient buildings.