Five More FWCS Buildings Earn EPA's ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency

Record Number: 16199
Displayed from: Dec 19, 2016 , until: Feb 19, 2017

North Side High School and Arlington, Indian Village, Lincoln and Maplewood elementary schools earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies the buildings perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. These schools join Northrop, Snider, South Side and Wayne high schools, Lakeside and Portage middle schools and Adams, Bloomingdale, Brentwood, Croninger, Fairfield, Harris, Harrison Hill, Holland and Scott elementary schools. FWCS continues to work on energy efficiency and expects to add more schools to the list in the future.

"Fort Wayne Community Schools has worked hard to ensure our students have a high quality learning environments,” said Steve Smethers, FWCS Coordinator Energy Management. "Earning the ENERGY STAR rating is an indication that we are committed to making sure our systems operate at an efficient level and provide the greatest benefit to students. This process not only ensures that we are saving money, but we are making the school environment a healthy, safe place for students and staff to work.”

Commercial buildings that earn EPA's ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. FWCS improved its energy performance by implementing energy-saving strategies and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings. Districtwide, FWCS' energy-use reductions since the inception of the Energy Leadership initiative in 2012 equates to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of 39,128 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the annual emissions of 8,265 personal vehicles or 4,403 homes.

To earn the ENERGY STAR, Fort Wayne Community Schools took the following actions:

  • Developed a strategic energy management plan
  • Educated staff on best practices
  • Used building control systems to effectively program buildings
  • Audited and followed up routinely to access performance and discover opportunities


EPA's ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA's 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. Among the latest round of schools to earn the rating, North Side had the highest score with 86; Arlington received a score of 83; Lincoln received a score of 82; Maplewood received 81; and Indian Village received 79.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.

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With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.