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Franklin Township Public Schools

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20% Improvement (2013)
Top Performer (2013)

Franklin Township Public School District located in Somerset County, NJ educates more than 8,000 students in buildings encompassing more than 1.1 million square feet of floor space. The school community enjoys a population representative of diverse economic, ethnic, and social backgrounds and fifty-seven native languages. The mission of Franklin Township Public Schools is to provide excellent educational opportunities that meet or exceed New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for every student; maintain an environment that engenders an appreciation of the value of every student; develop every student to his/her highest potential; and instill the attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary to become independent, contributing members of a democratic, multi-cultural society. The Pre-K through Grade 12 school district offers a wide-variety of instructional, cultural, co-curricular, and athletic programs to students, including a district-wide energy conservation program. Partnerships with Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE) and ENERGY STAR have made it possible to involve everyone in the district in reducing energy use and improving energy efficiency. The district has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2010.

Franklin Township Public School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR 1 - 100 score of 75 across its portfolio of buildings and for improving the energy efficiency of its facilities by more than 20 percent compared to 2010 baseline. Since October 2010, the District has been carefully tracking its energy use through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, EPAs energy measurement and tracking tool, in addition to a utility tracking software offered through Class5 Energy. Many people within the District have contributed toward the success of the energy saving program; the district has improved its energy efficiency by tracking energy use, optimizing building and HVAC schedules, shutting down computers daily throughout the district, upgrading lighting, using centralized ENERGY STAR certified printer/copiers instead of individual printers district-wide, organizing SEE Squads and Green Teams, and installing solar panels on four buildings. These measures have achieved a total cost savings of $800,000. Compared to its 2010 baseline, the district currently prevents the emissions of more than 1,200 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 33,100 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.