ENERGY STAR Leaders

Raytown Schools

Logo for Raytown Schools Kansas City, Missouri
20% Improvement (2012)
Top Performer (2012)

Raytown School District, located in Kansas City, Missouri, covers a 35-square-mile radius and educates a population of 8,900 students. The district strives to be a unified learning community that leads individuals to achieve exceptional goals. In December 2010, Raytown partnered with Energy Education to begin a proactive approach to lowering utility costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, employees and students became better stewards of the environment, saved taxpayer dollars, and increased awareness of energy usage at school, work, and home. The district has been a partner of the ENERGY STAR program since 2011.

 

Raytown School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 20 percent compared to a 2010 baseline and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 87 across its portfolio of buildings. The district's Building and Grounds Department, custodial staff members, Technology Department, Food Service, and building faculties have all responded positively, and their efforts are a strong component of the district's great savings and improved energy efficiency. Energy efficiency measures have included regular building audits of all facilities; maintaining a utility database using EnergyCAP software; regular communication with the maintenance department and custodial staff members on building energy use; and adjusting facilities' thermostat controls.

 

The mindset of consuming versus conserving energy is continuously evolving at Raytown School District, with help from the phrase if it is not in use, turn off the juice. The district engages students and staff members by communicating progress, tips, and suggestions in weekly updates and by holding contests to promote energy efficiency. The district has prevented the emissions of more than 2,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 71,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years. Raytown School District continues to grow greener and act responsibly with its resources and taxpayer dollars.