Cobleskill-Richmondville School District is located in central New York and educates more than 1,900 K-12 students across approximately 550,000 square feet of floor space. The district's mission is to educate all students to their full potential in a secure learning environment that enables and encourages each student to develop the essential skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to be a positive, contributing member of our global community. As part of this global commitment, the district partnered with Cenergistic, Inc. in 2006 to help increase its energy efficiency while also maintaining a safe and comfortable learning environment in the classrooms and throughout the buildings.
In 2008, Cobleskill-Richmondville School District became an ENERGY STAR Partner and took the ENERGY STAR Challenge, and each of its school buildings has subsequently earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. The district's commitment to conserve energy constitutes a team effort; everyone, including the Board of Education, administrators, faculty and staff members, operations and maintenance personnel, and students, helps to save energy.
Cobleskill-Richmondville School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 30 percent compared to a 2006 baseline, and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 94 across its portfolio of buildings. Making improvements to building envelopes, upgrading lighting, adding motion sensors, and optimizing HVAC controls have improved energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR resources and materials have helped the district teach students, faculty, and staff members how to save energy at work and at home, as well as about the environmental benefits resulting from energy efficiency. Compared to a 2006 baseline, Cobleskill-Richmondville School District is preventing more than 750 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually, which is equal to the emissions sequestered by more than 19,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.