West Geauga School District, located in semi-rural northeast Ohio, consists of roughly 2,500 students and encompasses nearly 395,000 square feet of space. The mission of the district is to help students reach their academic and career potential and pursue high ethical standards. They blend traditional practices with proven educational innovations and technology in an effort to achieve and maintain a standard of excellence. Like most districts in Ohio, West Geauga struggled to maintain its programming in a tough economic climate. With shrinking budgets and increasing energy costs, the district enlisted the assistance of Energy Education to develop and implement a district-wide energy conservation program. The goal of the program was to reduce the district's energy consumption by operating existing equipment more efficiently and identifying behavior-based solutions. The district has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 2010.
West Geauga School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving its district-wide energy efficiency by more than 40 percent compared to a 2008 baseline and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 84 across its portfolio of buildings. Their energy management approach is people-based and education-centered; each student, teacher, custodian, and administrator is expected to be an "energy conserver." No new equipment was purchased, nor were capital improvements necessary. West Geauga School District saved over $600,000 in utility costs and avoided more than 1,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 36,077 tree seedlings grown for 10 years. The district will continue to strive for a cleaner environment and a smaller utility budget.