Westfield Washington Schools is located in Westfield, Indiana, a northern suburb of Indianapolis in Hamilton County that has grown from 10,000 to over 30,000 residents in the past decade. During that time, the district has also expanded and currently serves more than 6,600 students and employs more than 850 staff members across more than 1.4 million square feet of floor space. The district's vision is to be the world-class learning organization focused on continuous quality growth for all, and its mission is to provide meaningful and engaging work in the pursuit of profound learning. These precepts guide every decision made by the school administration and board of school trustees. Westfield Washington Schools became an ENERGY STAR Partner in 2012.
Westfield Washington Schools has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 20 percent across its portfolio of buildings compared to a 2011 baseline. Seeking ways to reduce operating costs and redirect more resources to the classroom, the district embarked on an energy reduction campaign that encourages everyone to participate in improving energy efficiency. In the spring of 2011, the district partnered with Cenergistic, Inc. to meet these goals, and the results have been remarkable. In the span of one year, the district has saved $540,000 by adjusting heating and cooling equipment usage times and temperature set points, conducting audits of building energy use, consolidating summer building use, shutting down energy using equipment during holidays and breaks, and encouraging staff members to reduce daily energy use. Compared to a 2011 baseline, Westfield Washington Schools is preventing the annual emissions of more than 3,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which is equal to the carbon sequestered by more than 92,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.