The Lake Stevens School District (LSSD) has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as a 2012 “Energy Star Leader” for improving energy efficiency by more than 30 percent compared to a 2010 baseline.
LSSD is one of only two school districts in the state to receive this distinction, and one of 67 partner school districts that received any type of leader award, out of a possible 240 school districts. Of those 67 partner school districts, LSSD is one of 18 to receive an Energy Star Leader 30 percent or higher award in 2012.
In 2010, LSSD entered into a partnership with Cenergistic and hired an energy education specialist to implement a comprehensive energy program. The success of the program is attributed to key elements including behavioral changes, such as turning off equipment, lights and computers when not in use; modifying and fine-tuning building automation system building schedules; performing lighting retrofits and controls upgrades; and adapting system-wide temperature standards.
A combination of staff training and building auditing has helped promote energy efficiency and teach people to make wise decisions about energy on a daily basis in order to help improve the district’s impact on the environment.
Since the inception of the energy management program in 2010, LSSD has avoided more than $1.3 million in total utility costs by reducing kilowatt usage by more than 9.0 million kilowatt hours and more than 370,000 therms of natural gas. Compared to a 2010 baseline, the district is preventing the annual emissions of more than 2,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which is equal to the carbon sequestered by more than 53,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.