Whitefish Bay School District
Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
Top Performer (2008)
20% Improvement (2008)
The Whitefish Bay School District, located in southeastern Wisconsin, educates approximately 2,900 students and encompasses two elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and a Recreation and Community Education Center. Its mission is to focus on the unique needs of each student while providing a solid, basic skills foundation followed by rigorous college preparation. As part of its educational mission, the district has adopted an energy policy to ensure every effort is made to conserve energy and natural resources while exercising sound financial management.
In 2003, the Whitefish Bay School District, working with Energy Education, Inc., began a people-based energy improvement program involving students and staff to help control rising energy costs. Since its baseline year of 2003, the district has succeeded in reducing energy use and cost by more than 20 percent, resulting in cost savings of more than $927,000 or the cost of 13 full-time staff. The district's emission reduction is equivalent to the emissions from more than 500 cars per year or the planting of more than 700 acres of trees annually. In 2007, four of the five buildings in the district earned the ENERGY STAR. Whitefish Bay School District has also been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for having an energy performance rating of 75 or better across its portfolio of buildings.