The St. Tammany Parish Public School System is located on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, approximately 30 miles north of New Orleans, Louisiana. The district educates almost 38,000 students in schools that encompass approximately 5.3 million square feet of floor space. The district's mission is to provide a high-quality education for all students, resulting in life-long learners who can contribute positively to the society in which they live. The district provides a caring and safe environment for learning, a challenging and relevant curriculum, and innovative instruction, which together generate solid student achievement. The School System's commitment to improvement and high performance has made the district a leader in the state of Louisiana by all major standards of educational excellence. St. Tammany Parish Public School System administrators view energy efficiency as an important opportunity to teach students about environmental protection and to reduce operating costs. As a result, the district strives to improve energy performance to maximize the funds available for instructional programs. Part of this initiative includes educating every student and employee about the environmental benefits of energy efficiency. Partnering with ENERGY STAR in 2007 has provided the district with many valuable resources and ideas that have enabled the district to meet energy goals and ensure that students are learning to be good stewards of the environment.
St. Tammany Parish Public School System has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 75 across its portfolio of buildings. In 2009, the district was recognized as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the energy performance of its facilities by more than 20 percent. The district earned the ENERGY STAR for its Treen Technology Center in 2008. Success in improving energy efficiency began with a commitment by the St. Tammany Parish School Board to implement a comprehensive energy management plan. A key element of the plan was the creation of an energy management team that works closely with school administrators, teachers, students, custodial staff members, and maintenance department staff members to compile and track energy data, identify energy savings opportunities, and oversee improvements. Successful efficiency measures have included launching operational and awareness campaigns, focusing on the maintenance of energy systems and equipment, installing motion sensors in school rooms, reviewing and modifying indoor and outdoor lighting schedules and thermostat set points, expanding the use of energy management systems, and purchasing ENERGY STAR certified high-efficiency lighting, office equipment, and appliances whenever possible. Compared to a 2005 baseline, the district currently prevents the annual emissions of more than 7,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 189,100 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.