Welcome to Community Unit School District's 200 Energy Program
Wheaton Warrenville Community Unit School District 200 in Illinois educates over 13,400 students in 20 school buildings representing over 2,584,000 ft2 of floor space and covering over a 25 square mile area in DuPage County. The District’s Vision is, “…to be exemplary, student-focused school district that is highly regarded for the competence and character of our students and the excellence of our people, programs, and learning environment.” It’s Mission is “…to inspire, educate, challenge, and support all students to reach their highest level of learning and personal development.” Community Unit School District 200’s active Energy Program involves all stakeholders in energy efficiency initiatives that include important opportunities to teach about environmental protection, as well as a ways to reduce operating costs. As a result, the District strives to conserve energy to maximize the funds available for instructional programs and support services.
Participation in ENERGY STAR has provided the District with many valuable resources and ideas that have enabled us to maximize our goals and ensure that Community Unit School District 200 staff and students are learning to be good stewards of the environment.
As of April 2014, Community Unit School District 200 has achieved a reduction in energy use of more than 25% compared to a 2008 baseline, in addition to achieving an average ENERGY STAR rating of 85 for our entire 20-school portfolio.
The District’s success in improving energy efficiency began with a commitment by the Board of Education. The Board appointed a District-wide Energy Operations Manager to develop and implement a comprehensive energy management plan. Although this is a people based program, a key element of the plan was the building audit system and the Energy Operations Manager’s ability using software to track energy data, identify energy savings opportunities, and oversee improvements.
Successful efficiency measures have included: increased focus on maintenance of energy systems and equipment; upgrading lighting systems; reviewing and modifying both indoor and outdoor lighting schedules and thermostat set points; and purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified office equipment and appliances whenever possible. Perhaps the largest benefit of the program is increased student participation.
As Community Unit School District 200 moves forward with the energy program that led to ENERGY STAR recognition, student groups at all education levels, elementary, middle and high school have “Green” initiatives and expressed their commitment that “saving energy helps save the environment.”