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White Bear Lake Area Schools

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Top Performer (2012)

White Bear Lake Area Schools, located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, is a leader in innovative education and community partnerships and serves over 8,000 students across ten municipalities comprising more than 1.5 million square feet of floor space. The district's mission is to ensure that students develop a love for learning, excel academically, are inspired to realize their dreams, and become engaged citizens with a global understanding. The district accomplishes this mission by challenging students within a dynamic, respectful and inclusive environment that nurtures the unique talents and abilities of every student. The district builds quality lives and strong communities through core values of compassion, integrity, respect, responsibility, and service. 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. White Bear Lake Area Schools has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 2011.


White Bear Lake Area Schools has been recognized by EPA as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 76 across its portfolio of buildings. Seeking out a way to ensure that mechanical and building upgrades perform to their highest ability, 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. Staff members and students have also played a strong role in improving energy efficiency within district buildings through classroom energy labs, student energy monitoring groups known as SEE Squads, school-wide assemblies based around energy efficiency, participation in events such as Xcel Energy and the Minnesota Viking's Purple Planet Program, and a high school level international twinning arrangement, which involves collaboration on energy efficiency opportunities between White Bear Lake Area students and students in Singapore. The district's energy steering committee approved energy guidelines to unify these efforts. Since implementing behavioral changes, the district has saved more than $154,000 in annual energy costs. Compared to a 2010 baseline, White Bear Lake Area Schools is preventing the annual emissions of more than 1,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which is equal to the carbon sequestered by more than 34,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years. Administrators look forward to improving the district's energy efficiency even further in the future.