Fort Wayne Community Schools Energy Leadership

Energy Leadership Program Highlights

  • $18,000,000

    Cumulative Energy Savings
  • 69

  • 5,652,552

    Square Feet


Faced with significant budget challenges, FWCS approved a plan to implement a strategic approach to energy conservation by increasing focus and awareness around energy consumption and simple behavioral changes.


“Performance Services’ professionalism, expertise, program guidance and client support provided us with everything we needed to successfully launch and sustain our District’s prospering Energy Leadership initiative.”

Steve Smethers

Fort wayne community schools energy manager – Retired


The FWCS Energy Leadership program has exceeded all program goals, resulting in a ten-year cumulative energy cost avoidance of more than $18 million. Also, 29 school buildings have earned the ENERGY STAR® label, further evidence of highly efficient buildings.

Energy Leadership Highlights:

  • Improved thermal comfort and the learning environment
  • $18 million in cumulative energy cost avoidance
  • 122,729,356 kWh of electricity saved
  • 4,942,939 therms of natural gas saved
  • $669,405 in utility rebates and energy incentives
  • Qualified 29 ENERGY STAR® buildings

“I highly recommend the Energy Leadership program over just trying to save energy by cutting back on the thermostats, it takes everyone’s buy-in for the program to work; and that is what Performance Services has helped us do, educate our users to be smart users of energy without impacting the educational environment our students at FWCS deserve.”

Darren P. Hess

Director of Facilities

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Mike Lindsey Director of Performance Assurance
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