Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (RCS) Central School District in New York educates 2,100 students in school buildings representing approximately 361,000 square feet of floor space. The district's main goal is to provide a supportive, caring, and productive environment in which students can obtain the knowledge, technological abilities, and other skills needed to become productive members of the community. RCS views energy efficiency as both an important opportunity to teach students about environmental protection, as well as a way to reduce operating costs. As a result, the district strives to conserve energy to maximize the funds available for instructional programs and support services, and to educate every student and employee about the environmental benefits of energy efficiency. Participation in the ENERGY STAR program has provided the district with many valuable resources and ideas that have enabled it to meet energy goals and to ensure that RCS students are learning to be good stewards of the environment.
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 82 across its portfolio of buildings. In 2010, the district was recognized as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 30 percent compared to a 2006 baseline. The district's success in improving energy efficiency began with a commitment by the Board of Education, who appointed a district-wide energy manager to develop and implement a comprehensive energy management plan. A key element of the plan was the creation of an energy education manager to compile and track energy data, identify energy savings opportunities, and oversee improvements. Successful efficiency measures have included an increased focus on maintaining energy systems and equipment; removing classroom appliances; upgrading lighting systems; reviewing and modifying both indoor and outdoor lighting schedules and thermostat set points; and purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified office equipment and appliances whenever possible. Compared to its 2006 baseline, the district is preventing the emissions of more than 800 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 21,200 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.