Mounds View Public Schools (District 621) provides educational services for students who live in the Minnesota cities of Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, Roseville, Shoreview, and Vadnais Heights. Mounds View Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in Minnesota, serving nearly 10,000 students and employing more than 1,400 staff members. The mission of Mounds View School District, in partnership with students, parents, and the community, is to deliver a continuum of services to equip all learners with measurable skills for lifelong learning in order to reach their individual potential and develop responsibility to self and society. The District partnered with the Schools for Energy Efficiency® (SEE) program and a local mechanical contractor to become more energy efficient while educating students and staff members on the benefits of saving energy. The District also partnered with ENERGY STAR in 2007 to benchmark energy use in Portfolio Manager, EPA's ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool, with a goal of achieving awards for reaching specific levels of energy performance. Participation with these partners has given Mounds View Public Schools a step-by-step plan to follow and helped the district to encourage responsible energy choices at school and at home.
Mounds View Public Schools has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the energy efficiency of its buildings by more than 20 percent compared to a 2008 baseline. Working with both the SEE program and the mechanical contractor, the District has made many changes from updating the sequence of operations to replacing lighting in several buildings. Mounds View Public Schools identifies natural gas, electric, fuel oil, and water consumption as the major energy usage items and is working to make various changes to improve energy efficiency while maintaining a comfortable environment for students and staff members. Compared to a 2008 baseline, the district currently prevents the emissions of more than 8,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 215,300 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.