Delano Public Schools, located in Delano, Minnesota, serves more than 2,200 students on a 120-acre campus that includes new and remodeled facilities at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The district's mission is to work in partnership with its community to educate individuals to be lifelong learners, possessing the skills, knowledge, creativity, sense of self-worth, and citizenship necessary to function and flourish in a rapidly changing society. District administration takes great pride in maintaining a standard of educational excellence at each stage of development. School administrators recognize the importance of energy performance and have taken it into consideration in all of their facility decisions. The district's commitment to energy efficiency includes a partnership with ENERGY STAR that began in 2011.
Delano Public Schools has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the energy efficiency of its facilities by more than 10 percent compared to a 2010 baseline and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 92 across its portfolio of buildings. Following the completion of mechanical upgrades, school administrators realized that the final step to improving energy efficiency was the education of staff members, students, and the community. Administrators partnered with Schools for Energy Efficiency® (SEE) to implement behavioral changes and refine energy consumption habits. The district's energy steering committee approved energy guidelines to unify these efforts. Since implementing behavioral changes, the district has saved more than $45,000 in annual energy costs. Delano Public Schools administrators look forward to improving the district's energy efficiency even further in the future. Compared to a 2010 baseline, Delano Public Schools is preventing the annual emissions of more than 380 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 9,700 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.