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In October of 2010, Rock Creek USD 323 entered into a $2.1 million energy savings project with Trane. The project consisted of building upgrades designed to reduce the district’s annual energy usage and address deferred maintenance issues. Upgrades at Rock Creek USD 323 began in November, 2010, and were completed in August of 2011. Overall savings in operations, maintenance, and utilities expenses are projected to be approximately $154,000 annually.

The improvement projects were achieved through participation in a statewide program offered by the Kansas Energy Commission (enabled by K.S.A. 75-37,125) and a performance contract with Trane. The $2.1 million project is being partially funded through the savings realized and the remaining funding will come from capital out-lay funds. The total project will be paid for over a fifteen year period

Facility improvements include:

  • Window upgrades
  • Roof upgrades
  • HVAC upgrades & replacement
  • Boiler replacement
  • Efficient lighting upgrades
  • Occupancy sensors installed
  • Building automation systems installed
  • Bus route optimization and information management software

Click here to read the Transformation Story about Rock Creek USD 323 with before and after photos from the project.

Click here to read the Case Study about Rock Creek USD 323.

Rewards and Recognition

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On March 14, 2011 Trane presented Rock Creek USD 323 with the Leader in Energy Efficiency Award in recognition of their commitment to sustainability. Education leaders at Rock Creek Unified School District (USD) 323 expect recently completed energy efficiency upgrades to save the district nearly $154,000 a year while enhancing the teaching and learning environment.

“These upgrades make sound economic and environmental sense,” said Stufflebeam. “Even more importantly, they allow us to better educate our students, while providing a positive example of environmental stewardship for the entire community.”

Green Schools: How to Save Money and Improve the Learning Environment

Rock Creek USD 323 Superintendent Darrel Stufflebeam shares how his District conducted a building improvement project which improved the learning environment and reduced energy consumption, saving the District thousands of dollars. Originally presented at the KASB Convention in Overland Park, Kansas on December 3rd, 2011.

Click here to view Superintendent Stufflebeam’s presentation.