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North Penn School District

Lansdale, Pennsylvania

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

North Penn School District, located in southeastern Pennsylvania, serves 12,500 students and encompasses 2 million square feet of space across 18 schools and two administrative buildings. An active ENERGY STAR Partner, the district is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for its aggressive, no capital expense energy management program focused on improving district-wide energy efficiency and educating students on the value of saving energy. The successes were achieved by harnessing the talents and energy of all employees and students to take both individual steps and set specific goals to reduce energy consumption. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

  • Receiving recognition as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the energy performance of its facilities by more than 20 percent.
  • Engaging more than 400 students in the districts energy management program through a grant funded program called PowerSave Schools offered by the Alliance to Save Energy. Students launched awareness campaigns, prepared websites, performed energy audits, interpreted data, made recommendations, and developed award methods for good energy practices. 
  • Delivering more than 12 presentations outlining the importance of energy management in K-12 public schools and the benefit of using ENERGY STAR tools and resources to advance energy management programs.
  • Featuring in various publications for energy efficiency efforts utilizing ENERGY STAR and focusing on educating the student body as key strategy for energy management.
  • Saving more than $1.1 million in utility costs, an amount equal to the combined salaries of 21 first-year teachers. This was achieved through operational and behavioral changes and with no capital expenditure.
  • Achieving ENERGY STAR scores of 75 or higher for all 20 buildings in its portfolio, improving its average ENERGY STAR score from 70 to 93 and achieving a score above 90 for 13 buildings, 10 of which earned a score of 95 or higher.