The mission of the School Board of Polk County’s Department of Energy Management is to help improve energy efficiency to save the nonrenewable resources of the planet; help maintain a quality learning environment for students, teachers, and staff; and help save dollars that the district can productively reinvest in ongoing educational activities.
Since its inception in 1991, the energy management department has achieved a cost avoidance of more than $89,000,000. While the district's square footage has increased by over 74 percent, electricity usage has increased by only 17 percent and gas and water usage have actually decreased by 40 percent and almost 35 percent respectively.
The average yearly cost per student for electricity, water, and gas in our Polk County public schools is about:
The ENERGY STAR program is a partnership of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy designed to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. EPA awarded Polk County School Board with the distinction of Leader’s Top Performer for maintaining a portfolio-wide average of 95. The district earned toe ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance for 119 schools.
Want to share an idea, make a comment, express a concern or ask a question about the Energy Management Department? Use the space below to tell us what you think. You are not required to leave your name. Please do so if you are asking a question so that we may provide you with a response.