K-12 School Districts

K-12 School Districts

K-12 schools and higher education institutions spend a combined $14 billion on utility costs annually. The education sector continues to balance aging facilities with deferred maintenance challenges, rising utility costs, limited budgets, workforce retention concerns, and an increasing demand for technology in the classroom. To address these challenges, schools are focusing on resiliency preparedness, leveraging creative funding mechanisms, implementing measures to reduce plug loads, and developing workforce skills and training programs to prepare the next generation of energy professionals.

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More than 350 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge are saving 380 trillion Btus and an estimated $3.1 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.

Featured Solutions

This collection of Solutions at a Glance from the Better Buildings K-12 partners provides various unique approaches to addressing energy efficiency issues in K-12 public schools. 
Camas School District developed the Resource Conservation Management Policy to identify key staff, delineate operations and maintenance protocols, and create measurement and verification procedures to meet aggressive targets to reduce consumption 20% by 2020 against a 2009 baseline for electricity, natural gas, indoor and outdoor water, and waste.
Douglas County School District implemented a multi-pronged funding approach to address its failing and inefficient maintenance of aging buildings, including an ESPC, grants, and bonds.
Portland Public Schools funded energy efficiency measures through a hybrid Energy Savings Performance Contracting model combining Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds for smaller, owner managed projects.
Poudre School District executed a strategic communications and outreach campaign illustrating the value of infrastructure and efficiency upgrade projects.
Bullitt County Public Schools selected Mt. Washington Elementary School to undergo an upgrade to the HVAC system, lighting, and indoor air quality to reduce energy consumption and improve the learning environment for students.
River Trails School District 26 implemented an upgrade of the HVAC controls and retro-commissioned the building systems to realize a 15 percent annual energy savings and $11,000 annual cost savings.
Vista Peak Preparatory Showcase Project
Aurora Public Schools selected Vista Peak to undergo a 14-month recommissioning of the HVAC system to maximize energy savings potential.
As part of an energy savings performance contract, Xenia Community Schools implemented an energy savings performance contract to upgrade Warner Middle School lighting and HVAC controls.
This workshop-style session enabled partners and other interested stakeholders to sharpen their tools in the areas of building energy efficiency, renewable technologies, fleet conversions, and financial mechanisms.
This session covered funding options, design and road mapping, and communication strategies implemented by Better Buildings partner school districts.

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