Fulton County Schools, located in the Metro Atlanta area of Georgia, serves more than 90,000 students across more than 15,000,000 square feet of space. The mission of Fulton County Schools is to educate every student to be a responsible, productive citizen. The district is committed to improving its energy efficiency while offering quality educational programs, and participates in the ENERGY STAR program in order to compare energy performance to other schools in the county, region, and nation. A partner of the ENERGY STAR program since 2010, the district has increased awareness of utility conservation efforts, recognized superior performance through ENERGY STAR building certification, and focused attention on facilities with the greatest potential for improvement in terms of energy performance.
Fulton County Schools has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 85 across its portfolio of buildings. In 2010, the district was also recognized as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 10 percent. The district has earned the ENERGY STAR for 57 elementary schools, 17 middle schools, and 13 high schools. Fulton County Schools completed a system-wide lighting retrofit in 1999 that saves $600,000 per year, and has invested in numerous heating and air-conditioning system replacements that have improved indoor environmental quality and helped older schools earn the ENERGY STAR. HVAC control system upgrades and outside air pretreatment and energy recovery unit replacements were completed at five elementary schools in 2011. In addition to enhancing humidity and temperature control, these changes resulted in an average ENERGY STAR score improvement of three points at each school. The district has an extensive building automation system to ensure that comfortable, healthy conditions are maintained in an efficient manner. The district also facilitates the engagement of building occupants to ensure that they play an active role in conserving resources. Compared to its 2004 baseline, Fulton County Schools has prevented the annual emission of more than 6,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 161,500 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.