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Council Rock School District

Newtown, Pennsylvania

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Council Rock School District (CRSD) is located in southeastern Pennsylvania and serves more than 12,000 students in 17 facilities, totaling 1.8 million square feet of space. This school district is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its continued progress in improving energy efficiency. The district adopted a formal energy policy in November 2005, including an incentive plan to share savings with individual schools, and quickly surpassed its initial goal of improving energy efficiency by 10 to 15%. This is the second time CRSD has received ENERGY STAR recognition for superior energy management. Key accomplishments include:

·         Reducing energy use across the district's building portfolio by more than 30% and being recognized as an ENERGY STAR Leader for reaching this important milestone within one year of achieving 20% Leaders recognition in 2007.

·         Saving more than $4.7 million in energy costs over a 3-year period.

·         Earning the ENERGY STAR for two schools.

·         Continuing its partnership with ARAMARK Education to implement a comprehensive energy reduction program that includes operational improvements, staff training, and equipment repairs and upgrades. The district is also re-commissioning newer buildings and requiring the purchase of ENERGY STAR qualified products when possible.

·         Tracking the progress of each building's performance and completing analyses to explore and fine-tune various efficiency efforts.

·         Involving students, staff, and the community in energy efficiency efforts. Elementary school students developed a logo and slogan for the program and a scholarship fund was established for middle and high school students for their energy efficiency efforts. A "Green Team" of staff, parents, and energy managers meets periodically to coordinate initiatives and share updates on progress.