Unified School District (USD) 204, consisting of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville, is located in Wyandotte County, Kansas on the banks of the beautiful Kansas River. USD 204 educates approximately 2,400 students in buildings encompassing more than 560,000 square feet of instructional and support floor space. The district operates on a 10-month academic calendar with one month of summer school and one month of intensive building maintenance. The mission of USD 204 is to help students develop 21st century skills that will enable them to become responsible, productive, life-long learners; demonstrate problem-solving abilities; adapt to a changing world; and stretch themselves personally and academically. In 2004, the district began an intensive energy management program in conjunction with guidelines established by Cenergistic (formerly Energy Education, Inc.). The program goal is to conserve energy and maximize financial resources that can be directed toward educational enhancements. USD 204 also leverages its energy management program to guide students toward becoming good stewards of the environment. The district's participation in the ENERGY STAR program has enhanced its ability to communicate sustainability efforts to students, staff members, and the general public. The district has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 2008.
Unified School District 204 has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for achieving an average energy performance score of 80 across its portfolio of buildings. The district was also recognized in 2011 as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 20 percent compared to a 2004 baseline. In addition, the district estimates it has avoided energy costs of more than $1.5 million. Some of the district's most successful energy efficiency measures include constructing a third elementary school using state-of-the-art equipment, including a ground-source heat pump; converting an entire building from a natural gas boiler to air-source heat pumps and electronic controls; adding EMS controls to three buildings; and the routine conversion of lighting to more efficient T-8 systems. USD 204 has also improved its maintenance procedures to ensure its equipment is running at a high level of efficiency and continues to make purchasing decisions based on best value rather than lowest cost. When purchasing new equipment, USD 204's administrators always look for the trusted ENERGY STAR to ensure the best energy value. USD 204 has prevented the emissions more than 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the emissions captured by more than 25,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.