Christian County Public Schools, the 10th largest school district in Kentucky, operates and maintains 1.5 million square feet of floor space and serves approximately 9,000 K-12 students in the southwestern part of the state. The district aims to provide a learning environment in which every student graduates career- and college-ready. The objective of the district's energy management plan is to support the educational process by conserving energy resources and promoting energy awareness to its faculty, staff members, students, and community. Christian County Public Schools is one of only seven school districts in the state to earn the Stewardship, Champion, and Leadership Awards from the Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools (KEEPS). Eight of the district's schools have earned the ENERGY STAR, and the district has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2010.
Christian County Public Schools has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving its energy efficiency by more than 10 percent compared to its 2010 baseline. Christian County Public Schools achieved significant energy reductions by actively managing HVAC setbacks during unoccupied times, using shutdown checklists to minimize energy waste during break periods, and enabling many of the schools in the district to convene student energy teams that conduct regular energy audits to monitor energy consumption. Between 2010 and 2011, the district reduced its annual energy bills by $170,000, most of which was directed back to schools for their students' benefit. Compared to its 2010 baseline, Christian County Public Schools is preventing the emissions of more than 1,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 38,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.