Jefferson County School District 251, located in Rigby, Idaho, covers more than 190 square miles and educates a population of more than 4,800 students. The district cares about its students and believes in putting their education first. District staff members and educators are committed to doing all they can to help students reach their potential and realize their dreams. In April 2009, Jefferson County School District teamed up with Energy Education, Inc. to begin a proactive approach to lowering utility costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. All employees and students have become better stewards of the environment. The district's improvements to energy efficiency have saved taxpayer dollars and increased awareness of the district's energy usage at school, work, and home.
Jefferson County School District 251 has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 10 percent compared to a 2009 baseline. The district has also been recognized as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 87 across its portfolio of buildings. Since its baseline year, Jefferson County School District 251 has prevented the emissions of more than 330 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 8,500 trees planted and grown for 10 years. The district's Building and Grounds Department, custodial staff members, Technology Department, and Food Service members have all responded positively and their efforts are the keystone of the district's great savings and energy efficiency. In recent years, the district's administration office has moved to a four-day work week during the summer and custodial staff members perform a team cleaning of the schools in summer months. Summer school has been consolidated into one or two schools, eliminating unnecessary energy use and saving the district's resources.