Parkway School District, located in Missouri, educates more than 17,400 students in buildings encompassing more than 3.2 million square feet of floor space. The mission of Parkway School District is to ensure that all students are capable, curious, and confident learners who understand and respond to the challenges of an ever-changing world. Parkway's college entrance exam scores are among the best in the country, and the district has 14 nationally recognized Blue Ribbon schools of excellence. As part of Parkway Schools' Strategic Plan, which includes six specific goals, Goal 6 states that the district will be accountable for responsibly and efficiently using all district resources. As part of that goal, district administrators take energy efficiency seriously. Parkway strives to conserve energy to better allocate financial resources to support the education of students. An ENERGY STAR Partner since 2009, the district's participation in the ENERGY STAR program has created a higher level of visibility and understanding about how Parkway uses energy. In creating a culture of sustainability, students, teachers, and staff members have all contributed to a greater level of efficiency.
Parkway School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the energy efficiency of its facilities by more than 20 percent compared to a 2000 baseline. The district's success in improving energy efficiency began in the early 1990s, when the Board of Education appointed a District-wide energy manager to help develop and implement a comprehensive energy management strategy. Over time, cooperative initiatives launched by district leadership, students, principals, teachers, maintenance, and staff members have continually increased the district's efficiency. Renovations, such as higher efficiency HVAC systems and lighting upgrades, have also contributed to improved efficiency. Students participating in Green Teams reminded people to turn off and unplug equipment when it was not in use. The Maintenance Department utilized the district's Building Automation Systems to optimize how buildings start in the mornings and are shut down at night, thereby saving even more energy. Parkway's energy conservation improvements have been the result of a collaborative effort, with energy savings reaching approximately $815,000 over a 12-month period. Compared to its 2000 baseline, the district currently prevents the annual emissions of more than 3,560 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 91,200 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.