Alachua County Public Schools
|20%Reduction in Energy Intensity||11%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)|
Located in the heart of North Central Florida, Alachua County Public Schools educates more than 27,000 students and employs more than 4,000 people across a combined floor space of more than 4 million square feet. The district envisions all students graduating with the knowledge, skills, and personal characteristics to be lifelong learners and independent thinkers. Sustainability is a core value for the district. Alachua school board passed a green resolution confirming their commitment to sustainability, and the district hired an Energy Conservation Specialist in 2011 to provide educational support and assistance with meeting district- wide energy and water conservation goals. Alachua County Public Schools has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2013.
Every employee and student in the school district is fundamental to the success of conserving energy within Alachua County Public Schools. The IT Department monitors and shuts down over 14,000 district computers daily, and the Facilities Department is involved in day to day maintenance, including BAS operations for the entire district. A team effort allows the district to plan new ways to save resources and energy on future projects. Compared to its 2006 baseline, the district currently prevents the emissions of more than 6,900 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 177,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.
In addition to being selected as a 2013 Top Performer District by the Environmental Protection Agency, Alachua County Public Schools also earned the 2015 Florida Green School District Award, Gold Level and received the 2016 U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award.