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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 14, 2017
How does the second largest school district in the country target energy waste, while improving the learning environment for students? The Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LA Unified) first Better Buildings Showcase Project explores the work underway to upgrade their biggest energy-consumer...
by Jen Singer, Senior Associate, ICF on May 05, 2017
Three Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) K-12 School partners recently participated in a panel at the 2017 Green Schools Conference & Expo in Atlanta, entitled “Follow the Leaders: What Leading K-12 Schools Have Learned When it Comes to Energy,” to share best practices in energy efficiency...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 27, 2017
Kentucky’s Bullitt County Public School District (BCPS) has experienced a lot of expansion and growth system-wide, adding 600,000 square feet of new space in the last decade alone. Even the older buildings are expanding! For example, Mt. Washington Elementary was originally built in 1974, with 51,...
by Alison Berry, JDM Associates on Mar 16, 2017
Increasingly, K-12 schools across the country provide learning opportunities in unexpected places, with new, exciting subject matter such as energy efficiency. For instance our Better Buildings Challenge K-12 partners are implementing innovative, educational energy practices across their campuses...
by Jen Singer, ICF International on Dec 15, 2016
Better Buildings Challenge K-12 Schools partner Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS), located in northern Florida, has launched one of the country’s most innovative solar leasing programs. The feed-in tariff (FIT) program is a public-private partnership which allows private investors to lease...
by Monica Kanojia, The Hannon Group, Better Buildings Iniative on Dec 08, 2016
Education serves as the foundation of a strong and resilient society. While educators and curriculums contribute greatly to the success of the student body, it has become progressively apparent that the built environment also has an impact on not just energy but also student performance. The power...
by Sapna Gheewala, U.S. Department of Energy, ORISE Fellow on Dec 07, 2016
With over 25 school districts signed up for the Better Buildings Challenge, covering 15,000 buildings and over 225 million square feet, our partners have taken on and overcome various barriers to advancing clean energy goals. K-12 School Districts across the country continue to face student...
by Sapna Gheewala, U.S. Department of Energy, ORISE Fellow on Jul 25, 2016
Camas School District implemented a centralized natural resource policy to promote the value of sustainability, prioritize reduction goals, and establish a framework for school staff to measure building energy efficiency improvements. The Camas School District united school officials, faculty,...
by Jen Singer, ICF International on Jul 07, 2016
Portland Public Schools (PPS) made it easy to fund energy efficiency upgrades without compromising a limited capital budget reserved for emergency needs. The district created a two-pronged approach. It would combine recovery zone economic development bonds for smaller, owner managed projects with...
by Jen Singer, ICF International on Mar 21, 2016
Douglas County School District (DCSD) is the sixth largest district in the State of Nevada serving over 6,000 students across 11 schools. The district implemented a multi-pronged financing approach to implement energy savings measures to address its aging school facilities, increasing utility...
by Crystal McDonald on Aug 13, 2015
This week the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge director Maria T. Vargas braved the heat and visited Kingswood Elementary in Surprise, Arizona. The school is the showcase project of K-12 partner, Dysart Unified School District (USD). This was the first K-12 school that the Better...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 02, 2015
Heidi Burkart, operations coordinator and energy manager for Camas School District in Washington state and K-12 goal achiever answered our 5 questions; here are her answers: What's one piece of advice you’d like to give to a new partner? Set high goals and expectations for your staff and your...