K-12 School Districts

K-12 School Districts

Energy is an expense schools can reduce to free up educational resources. Energy efficiency offers the potential to redirect significant savings back to educating students, as K-12 schools and higher education institutions respectively spend $8 billion  and $6.5 billion annually on energy. Energy-efficient schools establish a safe, healthy, and productive environment for learning, offering a unique opportunity to serve as a living laboratory for students to understand and benefit from new technologies first-hand.

Register for a Webinar

Better Buildings programs host interactive webinars featuring a variety of topics exploring cost-effective ways to integrate energy savings into their daily building operations. 

2016 Progress Report

Since 2011, Better Buildings Challenge partners and energy efficiency commitments have tripled, resulting in energy cost savings that now exceed the $1.3 billion mark, and the sharing of hundreds of proven solutions.

Better Buildings Summit

School districts are invited to join us for the Summit this May 15-17th. Sessions and workshops will be offered specifically for the public sector track.

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.


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