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Council Rock School District

Newtown, Pennsylvania

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence

Council Rock School District (CRSD), located in southeastern Pennsylvania, serves 12,000 students in 17 facilities, totaling 1.8 million square feet of floor space. The school district is receiving ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence recognition for the first time for its continued success in improving energy efficiency through its energy management policy, established in 2005. Key accomplishments include:

  • Saving $2.4 million in energy costs in 2009 alone, for a total of more than $7.1 million in the past 4 years.
  • Receiving ENERGY STAR Leaders recognition for reducing energy use across the district's building portfolio by 40% since 2005, becoming the first organization recognized by EPA for reaching this milestone.
  • Earning ENERGY STAR Leaders Top Performer recognition for achieving a portfolio-wide energy performance score of 84 in 2009.
  • Forming an Energy Management Benchmarking Committee to compare CRSD's performance with other high-performing districts, share activities across buildings, define best practices, and assess building performance based on those practices.
  • Developing a 2009 action plan to share and implement best practices across buildings and improve the performance of lower performing, smaller buildings.
  • Reducing its electricity use by over 34 million kWh and fossil fuel use by more than 150,000 MMBTU since 2005.
  • Chartering the collaborative Energy Decisions Group where business and facilities administrators from surrounding school districts share best practices for energy management and develop more sophisticated energy procurement practices, such as participation in ENERGY STAR.