Columbia Borough School District, located in Columbia, Pennsylvania, educates more than 1,450 students in schools encompassing more than 286,000 square feet of space. The school district operates on a nine-month teaching schedule and strives to provide a learning environment in which each student can fulfill his or her highest academic potential. The district, in partnership with the community, prepares each student to become an independent, life-long learner and a responsible, caring citizen. The Columbia Borough School District Maintenance and Operations Department's goal is to provide a clean and safe learning environment for students, staff members, and visitors. The district has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 2010 and began participating in the ENERGY STAR program through the PPL Electric Utilities School Energy Achievement Program in 2011.
Columbia Borough School District has been recognized by EPA as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 79 across its portfolio of buildings. In order to manage energy use, the district participates in an energy management control system which allows computerized monitoring of temperatures throughout each building, allowing for maintenance personnel to reduce energy in unused space when possible. The district removed unnecessary appliances and ensures that all power systems are turned off when not in use. All buildings have been renovated to include energy efficient lighting, including motion sensors and T-8 and T-5 lamps. The major modification has been a geothermal system installed at the district's high school. This system has been enhanced with variable speed controls to conserve energy. The district's maintenance director continually monitors activity of all utility bills and trends usage to identify areas in need of modifications.