Bellevue Independent School District in Bellevue, Kentucky serves approximately 800 students in buildings encompassing more than 125,000 square feet of space. The school buildings reside in the historic city of Bellevue, which has approximately 6,500 residents. School leadership consistently models high expectations for students and staff members. District administrators appreciate the working relationship that is present with their Senior Business Development Councils, which strive to provide the best educational experiences for the students. The district strives to conserve energy to maximize the funds available for instructional programs and support services, and to educate every student and employee about the environmental benefits of energy efficiency. An ENERGY STAR Partner since 2010, Bellevue Independent School District is committed to conserving energy today to ensure a better world tomorrow.
Bellevue Independent School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 76 across its portfolio of buildings. In 2012, the district was recognized as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the energy efficiency of its facilities by more than 10 percent compared to a 2009 baseline. The district's success in improving energy efficiency began with a commitment by the Superintendent, who joined with six other school districts to hire an energy manager to develop and implement a comprehensive energy management plan and track energy data for each district. A key element of the plans was to create energy teams' each composed of representatives from each school's administration, teachers, students, and custodial staff members' to identify energy savings opportunities and oversee improvements. Bellevue's Energy Efficiency (E2) committee meets regularly each month. Successful efficiency measures have included: increasing the district's focus on maintenance of energy systems and equipment, upgrading lighting systems, modifying thermostat set points, building an energy saving culture and atmosphere with the students and staff members throughout the district, purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified office equipment and appliances whenever possible, and purchasing and installing two solar panels at Bellevue High School for education and power reduction in a science classroom. Since its baseline year, the district has saved more than $116,000 in utility costs across the district. Compared to its baseline year, the district currently prevents the annual emissions of more than 100 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 2,500 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.