North Penn School District, located in Lansdale, PA, educates more than 12,500 students across more than 2 million square feet of space. The district's mission is to provide an effective, innovative, student-focused community of teaching and learning in which students will become independent, life-long learners; exhibit creative and critical thinking; achieve proficiency in all academic areas; adapt to a changing technological world; and become productive, responsible citizens of the global society. In 2008, North Penn School District became an ENERGY STAR Partner, and as a part of its Strategic Plan, established a Goal of Environmental Stewardship, which is to develop an environmentally friendly demeanor by incorporating system-wide practices that reflect stewardship of the environment. These practices include teaching students to be respectful of the environment, to be conservative in their use of resources, and to practice recycling and conservatism with diligence. This successful initiative has led to increased energy efficiency and has instilled a sustainable energy ethic throughout the district's facilities and to its staff members and students.
North Penn School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 30 percent compared to its 2008 baseline. In 2012, the district was recognized as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 88 across its portfolio of buildings. Staff members, faculty, and students at North Penn School District have implemented hundreds of improvements in energy consumption habits. The district's energy efficiency efforts have been led by the Facilities Department, the Energy Manager, and a partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy, all of whom continue to provide ongoing on-site training and oversight. Since its 2008 baseline, the district has experienced more than $2.5 million in cost savings, despite changes in the price of energy. Compared to its 2008 baseline, North Penn School District currently prevents the emissions of more than 5,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 144,600 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.