Posted On March 30, 2015 by EagleCountryOnline.com.
(St. Leon, Ind.) – Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools are cutting costs and helping the environment in the process.
The school district began in 2011 an effort to reduce its energy usage to help free up money by partnering with Performance Services, Inc. The Indianapolis-based company specializes in constructing and renovating schools, universities and healthcare facilities to deliver optimal environments and high performance buildings.
Earlier this month, the Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools Board of Trustees received an annual energy savings report from Performance Services, Inc. The board members learned that the efforts have resulted in $577,703 in energy savings for a three year period from January 2012 through December 2014.
“We are happy with the results of this energy savings project. Our corporation is always looking for ways to save more in these challenging times. This project helped us achieve this goal, and we will continue to benefit from these efficiencies for many years,” said Tom Harris, S-D Schools’ director of support services.
East Central High School, Sunman-Dearborn Middle School, Bright Elementary School, North Dearborn Elementary School and Sunman Elementary School have combined to reduce their electric usage by 6.4 million kilowatt hours and 140,394 therms.
The reductions equate to 5,186 fewer metric tons of greenhouse gas. If you need a visualization to put that in perspective, think of the annual emissions from 28 rail cars worth of coal.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools and the facilities staff. It’s rewarding to work collaboratively to create a better environment for students, lower energy costs, and help the environment by reducing carbon emissions. We look forward to continuing our work with the corporation to optimize savings and comfort,” said Tim Thoman, president of Performance Services.