Blue Mountain School District, which educates approximately 3,000 students in Orwigsburg, PA, worked with Energy Education, Inc. to implement a people-driven energy management program in 2005. This has led to a significant increase in energy efficiency and has instilled a responsible energy use ethic throughout the district's five schools.
Blue Mountain School District has earned ENERGY STAR Leaders recognition for improving its energy efficiency by 40 percent. The district has been previously recognized for achieving a 30 percent improvement and has also earned Leaders Top Performer recognition for achieving an average energy performance score of 88 across its entire portfolio of buildings. Blue Mountain School District has also earned the ENERGY STAR label for superior energy performance for all five of its buildings. Since its baseline year of 2004, Blue Mountain School District has realized more than $1.5 million dollars in avoided energy costs. This year alone the district has preventing more than 1,500 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the planting of more than 400 acres of trees.
Staff, faculty, and students in the district have implemented hundreds of improvements in energy consumption habits, such as turning off lights and computers when not in use and shutting classroom doors. Electronic monitoring of all systems ensures optimal performance. The district's energy efficiency efforts have been led by the schools energy educators or managers with ongoing on-site training and oversight from Energy Education's engineers and specialists.