Located in historic Middleborough, MA, which was incorporated in 1669 by the early settlers of New England, the Middleborough Public Schools educate 3,500 students in grades pre-K through 12 in five buildings covering 556,737 square feet of space. A dedicated staff of teachers, administrators, and support personnel works cooperatively toward the district's goal of helping all students to excel. In 2008, the Middleborough Public Schools adopted a policy to "ensure every effort is made to conserve energy and natural resources while exercising sound financial management." The system hired an Energy Specialist to work toward those goals and entered into an agreement with Energy Education, Inc. In 2010, the Middleborough Public Schools joined ENERGY STAR as a partner to enhance its efforts to improve energy efficiency.
The Middleborough Public Schools have been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for achieving a 30 percent improvement in energy efficiency across its portfolio of buildings compared to a 2008 baseline and as a Top Performer for achieving a district-wide average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 93. The district has increased its ENERGY STAR score almost 30 points from its initial baseline score of 64, and all five schools have ENERGY STAR scores of 75 or higher, qualifying them for the ENERGY STAR certification. Through careful and sustained conservation, the district has avoided costs of over $1 million and prevented the emission of more than 1,100 metric tons of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the annual emissions from more than 200 cars or planting almost 250 acres of trees. These savings are the result of the cooperative efforts of the staff and students of all the schools, the School Committee, and the Energy Specialist to wisely use energy during the school days and to carefully reduce energy use after school hours.