Six Schools Recieve Energy Star Certification

Record Number: 19347
Displayed from: Apr 22, 2022 , until: Jun 22, 2022

Six additional FWCS school buildings have earned the Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency bringing the District’s total to 29 Energy Star certified schools. The newest additions are Franke Park, Glenwood Park, Haley, Shambaugh, St. Joseph Central and Washington Center elementary schools. 

Schools that are awarded Energy Star represent the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide for energy efficiency and meet strict indoor air quality performance levels set by the EPA and as certified by a professional engineer.

FWCS began strategically focusing on energy savings in 2011 by increasing awareness around energy consumption and simple behavioral changes. FWCS selected Performance Services’ Energy Leadership program through a professional services agreement, and working with a dedicated FWCS Energy Manager, to successfully launch and sustain the District’s program. During the most recent year, the FWCS Energy Leadership program exceeded all program goals by reducing energy consumption by 26 percent for a cost avoidance of nearly $2.7 million. Since program inception and over a 10-year period, the District has a cumulative cost avoidance of over $18 million. 

“The results of the Energy Leadership program have far exceeded our original expectations and have provide much needed relief to the general fund,” Chief Financial Officer Kathy Friend said. In addition to focusing on day-to-day changes, FWCS has incorporated energy savings improvement in building renovations and upgrades. 

“It was a real honor to be chosen by FWCS as their energy conservation partner in 2011, but to see the great impact that has resulted from our partnership is extremely satisfying. The results achieved by Fort Wayne Community Schools through our Energy Leadership program are overwhelming evidence of what can happen when a school’s leadership provides and supports real focus and purpose,” said Mike Lindsey, Manager of Performance Assurance and Energy Leadership for Performance Services.

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.