Attica Central School is located in western New York, approximately 30 miles east of Buffalo. Attica Central School's buildings consist of more than 410,000 square feet of floor space and serve over 1,600 students. The mission of Attica Central School is to develop and provide a challenging and innovative educational environment with diverse learning opportunities for all students so that they will become productive, responsible citizens who can adapt to a rapidly changing world. The Buildings and Grounds Department has been devoted to exploring and finding energy conservation initiatives that are practical and fruitful since 2002. In 2006, the district began benchmarking its energy use with Portfolio Manager, EPA's ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool.
Attica Central School has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 79 across its portfolio of buildings. The district has implemented a number of energy-saving measures, including retrofitting inefficient lighting; upgrading the ventilation system with premium-efficiency motors and soft-start variable frequency drive starters; installing vending misers; adjusting lighting and temperature controls to maximize efficiency; and converting heating and ventilation units from constant to variable air volume. The district has also instituted a Safe Building Materials and Supplies policy in order to eliminate a large number of unnecessary luxury appliances. The projects were completed utilizing in-house mechanics and equipment, allowing for rapid payback and quicker realized savings.
Since its 2005 baseline, Attica Central School has prevented the emissions of over 245 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 6,300 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years. By providing the necessary personnel, equipment, and financial support, the district has realized impressive gains. The Buildings and Grounds staff members continue to explore different ways to lower energy use and minimize the environmental impact of Attica Central School.