Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD), located in Wisconsin, covers approximately 120 square miles surrounding the City of Oconomowoc and draws students from Waukesha, Jefferson, and Dodge counties, educating more than 5,000 students in buildings encompassing more than 901,600 square feet of space. The mission of OASD is to provide a visionary, innovative curriculum in a positive learning environment so that each student develops lifelong learning skills, values, and knowledge to become a self-reliant, positive contributor to our community, democratic society, and the world. During the past 10 years, OASD has grown more than 20 percent (an increase of more than 860 students) and in 2008, the district built two new intermediate schools, an expanded and renovated Field House, and the professional-level Oconomowoc Arts Center. The district's management strives to conserve energy and natural resources while exercising sound financial management, and believes in the joint effort among board members, administrators, teachers, students, and support staff members. This commitment bolsters the limited financial resources allotted for student achievement and safety and provides an effective way to improve energy efficiency. The district has been a partner of the ENERGY STAR program since 2008.
OASD has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 20 percent and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 86 across its portfolio of buildings. OASD's successful energy efficiency measures have included comprehensive facility audits; general and preventative maintenance programs; lighting upgrades; automated HVAC control upgrades; disciplined HVAC and lighting schedules; and purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified appliances and equipment. The district's energy management program recently surpassed $2,200,000 in cumulative cost avoidance savings over six years, and has prevented the emissions of more than 1,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 41,600 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.