Farmington Area Schools (ISD 192) is a rural school district located approximately 20 miles south of St. Paul, Minnesota. The district serves more than 6,400 students and encompasses more than 1.5 million square feet of floor space. Farmington Area Schools' mission is to develop citizens of integrity who excel in and beyond the classroom. Energy efficiency initiatives, recycling, and organic programs are ongoing efforts to create a financially and environmentally responsible atmosphere within the district. An ENERGY STAR Partner since 2008, the district continues to update its existing energy policy.
Farmington Area Schools has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the energy performance of its buildings by more than 20 percent compared to a 2008 baseline and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 88 across its portfolio of buildings. In addition, all but two of the district's schools have earned the ENERGY STAR. The district completed its fourth year as a participant in the Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE) program; during the district's participation, it has avoided more than $709,000 in utility costs and earned recognition for its superior energy performance. Farmington's efficiency efforts have been championed by each building's principal, building manager, and SEE manager, as well as the district's energy efficiency coordinator. Together, the sustainability team works throughout the year to educate students and staff members on energy behavior modification. All students play an active role in saving energy by turning off lights and equipment and encouraging others to do the same. Compared to its baseline year, the district currently prevents the annual emissions of more than 2,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 67,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.