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DOE Recognizes Parkway School District for Energy Efficiency Leadership

By Better Buildings Beat Team on May 05, 2023

Parkway School District exceeded its Better Buildings Challenge goal in 2020, achieving 25% reduction in energy intensity across its portfolio. Continuing its leadership in efficiency, Parkway has since set an additional goal of 35% reduction in energy intensity by 2025. DOE recently visited the partner’s South High School to recognize the district for its comprehensive efficiency improvements.


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South High School exemplifies Parkway’s commitment to efficiency. Through a breadth of efficiency upgrades including a 75 kW solar array, central geothermal plant, and LED retrofitting, the high school achieves 20% annual energy savings and $100,000 annual cost savings.

Parkway South High School Solar Array

The high school’s geothermal plant, installed through an energy savings performance contract, is located under the sports field. This installation has helped reduce maintenance costs, operational costs, and energy usage.

Gym Class Above Underground Geothermal Plant

Students in South High School’s A.P. Environmental Science class helped lead the tour. Parkway has created opportunities for student involvement in efficiency upgrades throughout the process, impassioning and empowering the next generation of the clean energy workforce.

Parkway Leadership and A.P. Environmental Science Students

Better Buildings congratulates Parkway School District for its impressive achievements in efficiency. Read the Showcase Project to learn more about the district’s work at Parkway South High School.

*Group Photo, from left to right: Dr. Keith Marty, Superintendent, Parkway Schools; Maria T. Vargas, Director, Better Buildings Initiative, U.S. DOE; Sophie Harring, Junior, Parkway South High School; Anushka Rawat, Senior, Parkway South High School; Russ Barton, Environmental Science Teacher, Parkway South High School; Aalia Elnaien, Junior, Parkway South High School; Ellie Callahan, Junior, Parkway South High School; Maura Korte, Junior, Parkway South High School; Ethan Schrader, Senior, Parkway South High School; Patty Bedborough, Chief Financial Officer, Parkway Schools; Lindsay Elliott, Sustainability and Energy Coordinator, Parkway Schools