Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) 60 employs more than 580 staff members and serves more than 3,000 K-12 students in a rural northern climate area of southwestern Maine. The districts buildings, encompassing more than 600,000 square feet of floor space, range in year built from the 1940's up to the year 2000. MSAD 60 strives to foster a life-long love of learning; develop responsible decision-makers; teach the essential skills necessary to meet the demands of a changing world; and develop caring and contributing members of a multicultural world. Intrinsically connected to its educational goals is its commitment to an energy-conscious environment through energy-efficient building operations and behavioral strategies. District administrators believe that public education should provide leadership in developing an energy-efficient culture and support awareness about positive environmental impacts and opportunities to reduce utility costs. MSAD 60 is proud to be an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2012 and utilizes many of the resources that EPA makes available.
MSAD 60 has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 98 across its portfolio of buildings. Energy-saving strategies have included sealing building envelopes; performing lighting retrofits; using fuel oil pre-heaters; installing variable frequency drives; modifying direct digital controls and HVAC systems; upgrading ventilation systems, paddle fans, and insulated windows and doors; and purchasing ENERGY STAR certified photocopier equipment for all district buildings. Combined, these measures have helped MSAD 60 become much more energy efficient. Through participation in Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE) program in 2012, the district saved over $32,000 on energy costs. Compared to its 2012 baseline, the district is currently preventing the annual emissions of 230 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 5,800 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.