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Old Bridge Township Public Schools

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10% Improvement (2013)

Old Bridge Township Public Schools (OBPS) is a public school district in Middlesex County, New Jersey. The district educates more than 9,100 students, and employs more than 1,100 employees, in school, administration, office, and transportation/maintenance buildings encompassing more than 1.2 million square feet of floor space. The mission of Old Bridge Public Schools is to empower each student to learn, achieve success, and become a confident, productive member of a pluralistic, global society prepared to face the challenges of the 21st century. OBPS implemented a district-wide plan to conserve and reduce its energy consumption by 10 percent and became an ENERGY STAR Partner in 2011.


Old Bridge Township Public Schools has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the energy efficiency of its portfolio by 10 percent compared to a 2011 baseline. In 2012, OBPS implemented the SEE Program (Schools for Energy Efficiency) in all of its schools and an Energy Efficiency Coordinator (EEC) was hired to implement the program and oversee the energy conservation quest. The district has improved its energy efficiency through the following measures: implementing an automatic shutdown program of all district CPUs every afternoon; hosting energy conservation contests at elementary and middle schools; installing LED lights in some of the schools; replacing weather stripping around many of the doors and adjusting night time set-back settings; turning off lights when classrooms are empty and turning off monitors and smart boards when not in use. The Board of Education adopted an Energy Policy in the spring of 2012 to further implement these practices. The district tracks energy consumption on a monthly basis in Portfolio Manager, EPAs ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool. As a result, the district has achieved a total cost savings of more than $349,000. Compared to its 2011 baseline, the district is currently preventing the emissions of 1,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 35,800 tree seedlings planted and grown for ten years.