McKenney-Harrison Elementary School
320 Van Auken Street
Auburn, IN 46706
Located in Auburn, IN
DeKalb Central, as with most school districts, faces ongoing concerns about funding school programs. There is less and less funding from state and federal sources, more and more unfunded mandates, and more and more competition for available grants. Generally, there is very little room to make reductions in school budgets without directly impacting programs for the students. DeKalb Central Schools partnered with a consulting firm in Texas that specializes in working with school districts to reduce energy consumption--thereby reducing expenditures in the area of utilities and permitting the reallocation of unspent funds back to student programs.
With help from Energy Education, Inc., energy consumption is audited, analyzed, and adjusted as needed throughout the year to optimize the savings. This comprehensive program involves all members of the staff, each doing their respective part. However, much of the work is done when teachers and students are not in school. The Energy Manager visits the buildings at all hours of the day and night, including weekends, and makes the necessary adjustments to ensure that energy is used as efficiently as possible. In addition to saving money on energy costs, the program also benefits the environment by reducing the greenhouse emissions associated with the production of energy at power plants. Other savings include reduced use of chemicals needed to treat heating/air conditioning water and reduced wear (although very difficult to measure) on equipment resulting from shorter run times. In addition, staff and students have applied the energy efficiency lessons they learned at school in their homes, resulting in immeasurable additional benefits.
As of the end of January 2009, McKenney-Harrison Elementary School has been able to achieve a cost avoidance savings of approximately $192,000 since June 2004. ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager shows a reduction of 33 percent in Site Energy Intensity since benchmarking began in the 2003-2004 school year.
Verification of savings and success of the program is done using Energy CAP software to analyze the district's utility bills beginning one year before the start of the program. The district also utilizes EPA's Portfolio Manager to provide an additional means of analyzing progress and verifying results.
DeKalb Central Schools received Energy Education's Pacesetter Award in 2006 and Environmental Excellence Award in 2008, the Energy Patriot Award by Senator Richard Lugar in 2009, and has been mentioned in a Congressional White Paper prepared by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Staff in May 2008.
"The staff and students continually strive to sustain the gains that have been achieved by the district and work to find new ways of reducing our energy costs so that the dollars saved can be redirected to better meet the needs of the students."-- Dr. Sherry Grate, Superintendent of Schools, Dekalb Central Schools
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by DeKalb Central Schools or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.
DeKalb Central Schools
DeKalb Central Schools
Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
Facility Type: K-12 School
Total Floorspace: 86390 sf
Year Constructed: 1930
Contract Type: None